Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
I know granola all by itself can seem pretty boring, but what if you poured milk over a bowl of it? We also like to top our yogurt with granola and fresh sliced fruit, top ice cream with granola and chocolate syrup, use our granola for the topping on a fruit crumble, sprinkle it into our oatmeal, mix some other fun items in for a trail mix, or make some fantastic granola bars by letting the granola dry completely on the cookie sheets and then breaking it apart.
I try and keep an assortment of granola mixes in the house for whatever craving my family has for the moment. Right now, I've got my coconut almond granola, my husband's favorite peanut and raisin granola, and this banana bread granola. I also like to make a cranberry walnut granola for the holidays. Boy, I have so many different recipes. I guess I'll have to publish them all in one big article.
Don't be afraid to get creative with this recipe and add in all of your favorite items. Feel free to switch out the seeds or take them out altogether. Maybe you don't want coconut and nuts, but you do want more dried fruits and seeds. It's totally up to you! if you come up with a mixture that you really like, message me. I'm always looking for more fun recipes to share with my family.
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8-10 1 cup servings
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup almonds or walnuts, chopped
- 1/3 cup sunflower or flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 4 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup honey, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup dehydrated bananas, chopped
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- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- Now add in all of your wet ingredients, making sure to melt your coconut oil and honey first.
- Mix everything together really well, making sure that everything is good and wet.
- Now spread out your mixture on your cookie sheets evenly so the oven can bake all of it the same.
- Pop your sheets into the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- When your granola is finished cooking, pull it out and set it on the stove.
- Immediately pour it all back into the large mixing bowl you started with.
- Mix periodically to keep it moving until it dries.
- If you'd prefer to have granola bars, let the mixture dry completely on the trays before moving it. Then you can break them apart for granola bars.
- If you would like to mix in any items like pretzels or chocolate chips into your granola, wait until your mixture is completely cool so they don't melt or harden.
- Store your granola in an airtight container in a cool, dry location and it should last for months.
I make a great deal of the items in our house myself. We enjoy being healthy, knowing what ingredients are in the foods we are eating, and enjoy eating real foods. We also love saving money at the grocery store. If you'll check out my article on Fun and Healthy Snacks You Can Make at Home for Cheap, you'll see that you can provide a good deal of snacks for your kids, that look just like the ones you're used to buying from the store that they love, using healthy ingredients for less money than the traditional snacks.
I keep our house stocked with granola and granola bars, dried fruits and vegetables, chips, cookies, fruit leather, oatmeal, and even yummy treats like brownies, cheesecake bites, and peanut butter cups. Just like all of these other yummy items, granola is one of those amazing treats that can be thrown together quickly and easily for really cheap. It has become a regular staple in our house.
With just a few basic ingredients that I keep stocked up on, like nuts, oats, shredded coconut, and homemade dehydrated fruits, I can toss together a delicious snack that can be used a hundred different ways. If I let it dry in the cookie sheets after removing it from the oven, then I can break it into pieces for granola bars, or get fancy with some melted dark chocolate.
To "dip" your bars in chocolate, I highly suggest spreading melted dark chocolate chips over the top of the whole thing, just one side of it, or swirl it randomly over the entire sheet pan. Then you could sprinkle chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or whatever sounds yummy over the chocolate while it's still wet. Then break it into pieces and have amazing homemade granola bars to eat yourself or share with your family.
© 2018 Victoria Van Ness