“So Good Granola”

What is it with stereotypes? While I think it is safe to say we have all heard worse than, “She’s so granola”, I think stereotypes are a slippery slope. Granola and hippy seem to be interchangeable stereotypes. I would not call myself a “hippie” but for the love of peace in the world, I love a good granola! Something about putting inverted commas around words seems to elevate their meaning. Why is that?

Simply put, this granola is so good. Easy to make. Will last as long as you can keep yourself away from it. Tip from personal experience – don’t leave it on your kitchen counter or else you’ll be lucky if it lasts a week!

So Good Granola

“So Good Granola” by loopylocks

When approaching a simple recipe such as granola, I am drawn to ones that can be replicated and duplicated in different ways. If you can understand the basic ratio of ingredients, then it gives you a foundation to experiment.

In my recipe, I have broken the ingredients into 4 parts: 1 jug of wet, 2 seasonings, 3 cups of mix ins (the good stuff) and 4 cups of oats (large flake always). This ratio you can use as a jump start to experiment with your own. If you do not like any of the mix ins, then you can swap it out for something else. For example, if you don’t like/have coconut oil, try canola or vegetable. If you prefer maple syrup or molasses, swap the honey out. If you hate cinnamon, try instead dry ground ginger or cardamom. There is really no wrong here.

 

11/2 cup liquid honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 T vanilla extract
¼ tsp almond extract (optional)

21/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

3
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sunflower seed (unsalted, roasted)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (unsalted, raw)
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped, raw)
1/2 cup unsweetened, coconut flaked (optional)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds

44 cups rolled oats (large flake, old fashioned)

So Good Granola by loopylocks

dry ingredients for “So Good Granola” by loopylocks

“So Good Granola” by loopylocks
Makes approx. 2 Quarts (about 9 cups)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup liquid honey
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 T vanilla extract
¼ tsp almond extract (optional)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (or ginger or cardamom)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup sunflower seed (unsalted, roasted)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (unsalted, raw)
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped, raw)
1/2 cup unsweetened, coconut flaked (optional)
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
4 cups rolled oats (large flake, old fashioned)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Step 1

In a small glass measuring jug, heat the honey and coconut oil until syrupy for about 30 seconds to 1 minute in the microwave. Stir in vanilla and almond extract (optional).

coconut oil

 

Steps 2,3,4

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients.

dry ingredients for "so good granola"

Add the jug (1) to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well with a spatula so there are no dry spots.

Spread mixture on 2 large cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, Stir every 10 minutes throughout the baking period. If you choose not to stir it, then the edges have a tendency to burn so it is really about making sure the oven is baking the mixture evenly. Tip – if you do not like your granola too hard on your teeth, you can cook it for less time as all the ingredients can be eaten raw.

"So Good Granola"

Cool completely before storing. At this stage you can add dried fruits like cranberries or raisins or chocolate chips if you want to jazz it up.

Store in an air tight container. I really like the KORKEN jars at IKEA. Use within 1 month to keep freshness. Or freeze and use within 3 months. Enjoy!

Serving suggestion – I love to eat granola with sliced bananas, plain yogurt, blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

"So Good Granola"

“So Good Granola” by loopylocks (with bananas, yogurt, blueberries and maple syrup)

 

 

 

 

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