Granola is one of those foods that many people think is healthy; however, most store brands are so full of sugar and calories that it counteracts the once nutritious contents. Oats are great sources of whole grains and fiber in the morning, but if you add too much sugar and oil, that no longer matters much anymore. Often times, the healthier granola is incredibly expensive.
Here is a recipe that has no added sugar and uses coconut oil (it can be used for clean eating!). But don’t worry it still tastes delicious! When I make it, other people in the house often ask what kind of cookies are baking. This is an incredibly easy recipe that will leave you with a large supply of healthy granola—much better than that store bought stuff. For best results, use real maple syrup. Like most people anywhere close to Vermont/New Hampshire/Canada will tell you, you are wasting your time with anything else. After a few days in New Hampshire, I was very excited to use some of syrup I had purchased from a local farm.
Enjoy on smoothies, with yogurt, plain as a snack, or on ice cream. Alternatively, it makes a great gift!
Recipe (adapted from http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/06/17/vanilla-almond-granola/)
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
¾ cups slivered almonds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1 tbs vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Mix oats, almonds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, coconut oil, and then vanilla. Pour over the oats and mix to coat evenly.
Spread onto a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Make sure you check on it every 15 minutes and stir to make the oats cook evenly. Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container.