I always have an abundance of oats in my house. I use oats for oatmeal, baking, and smoothies, but I have never tried making our own granola. Last week we were at Whole Foods and they were sampling Ruby’s Gold Golden Granola. I wasn’t sure what the girls would think of it since we don’t normally buy granola, but when they liked it I knew we should try and make our own. It took just a few steps, a couple ingredients (all of which I already had on hand!), and the girls could get their hands dirty helping. It was worth it for delicious, homemade, vegan, gluten-free granola!
Most recipes I pulled up had canola oil or butter as a base but I wanted to avoid adding those, and also avoid adding brown sugar. Don’t fret….this granola is not lacking any flavor! I used coconut oil in place of canola oil. Coconut oil is a great alternative to other oils when baking, not only does it add flavor but lots of health benefits, too! Coconut oil has antibacterial, and antioxidant properties in large part due to high amounts of lauric acid.
This granola would be a sweet, tasty, and filling snack alone or add milk or yogurt! Now that school is ending, this would be a great homemade gift for the teachers! Package it together in a mason jar, or the 34 oz. Hermetic Glass Jar, and give it as a gift!
|Homemade Healthy Granola||
- 3 cup rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats)
- 1 cup dried fruit (the girls picked raisins and cherries)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 325
- In a large bowl add all the dry ingredients and mix.
- In a small pot over medium heat, warm the coconut oil, and maple syrup. Once it’s warmed pour over the dry ingredients.
- Add the vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.
- Add to a cookie sheet with raised sides, or a 9×13 cake pan.
- Bake for 15 minutes, then remove and mix
- Add it back to oven for another 15 minutes
- Let it cool completely before packaging