Apricot & Coconut Granola

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Granola is one of those foods that I pass in the grocery store and pick up like I’m going to buy it, and then set it back down.  I always talk myself out of it because I know I can make it at home.  The problem is that I never actually get around to making the granola.  Making granola isn’t not complicated and the ingredients are customizable.  Get after it!  For maximum crunchiness and zero burned spots, stirring this every so often in the oven is key.  Chewy and tangy apricots meet sweet coconut and crisp almond slivers.  They’re held together by a mixture of brown rice syrup, honey, olive oil and warm spices.

More nutritious, easy and a dang good breakfast, my granola beats the pants off it’s store bought cousin.

Apricot & Coconut Granola

Ingredients

3 cups rolled oats

1 cup sliver almonds

¼ cup whole flax seeds

3/4 cup dried apricots, sliced

3 tablespoon olive oil

4 tablespoons brown rice syrup

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground ginger

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Pre heat the oven to 400°F.

Line a 9×13 pan wil foil.  Add oats, almond and flax seeds to pan.

In a small sauce pan, combine the oil, brown rice syrup, honey and spices.  Place over low heat for 5 minutes, until the mixture becomes a syrupy consistency.  Pour the warm mixture over the oats in the pan.  Mix together with a large spoon until all ingredients are uniformly coated and sticky.

Place pan in oven and stir mixture every 10 minutes to ensure even crunchiness.  The granola should take 20-30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and stir in sliced apricots.  Allow granola to cool completely before storing in a container.

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Maple Granola

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I’ve been contemplating home made granola for a little while, but all the recipes I’ve seen always call for approximately 1000 ingredients and I usually have none of them.  My other complaint about granola is that it can be too sweet.  I’m looking for something I can feel good eating for breakfast, not dessert.  What I was looking for was a basic recipe that I could modify to fit my kitchen ingredients.  I finally found this formula from Chocolate & Zucchini yesterday.  And so became my first batch of home made granola.

Maple Granola

Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats

1 & 1/4 cups raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup slivered almonds

2 tablespoons whole flax seeds

1 & 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil

6 tablespoons maple syrup

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until all the ingredients are uniformly distributed.

3.  Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil and spray with pan spray.  Add granola to pan and place in oven.

4.  Stir granola every 10 minutes until it reaches your desired crunchiness.  Mine took roughly 35-40 minutes.

This granola was spot on!  It had the perfect amount of crunch.  I let mine go a little longer in the oven than indicated in the directions because I like mine extra crunchy.  The flax seeds get extra crispy and give the granola great texture.  The maple syrup adds the perfect hint of sweetness but the kicker was that half teaspoon of salt.  Sweet and salt is one of my favorite combinations, and it makes this granola extra addictive.  Take a shot at making some home made granola.  It’s probably one of the easiest things I’ve made!