Let’s start our granola by mixing together 2 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats…
1 cup of raw roughly chopped walnuts…
Not a fan of walnuts? Pecans or almonds would be great too!
1/4 cup of poppy seeds…
Can’t find any poppy seeds? Sunflower, flax, or sesame seeds would all be great options!
Now in a small sauce pan mix together 1/4 cup of lightly packed brown sugar…
1/4 cup of real maple syrup…
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt…
1/3 cup of melted coconut oil (I melted mine in the microwave before measuring it out!) …
I am a huge fan of The Garden of Life’s extra virgin coconut oil!
Bring these ingredients to a low boil over medium heat for 1 minute, then pour it over your oat mixture.
Spread your granola in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Pop it into a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until it becomes toasted and brown.
If you would like your granola to be on the chunky side, don’t stir it around while it’s cooking. You can then break it into pieces when it comes out of the oven and has time to cool. Otherwise go ahead and stir your granola with a spatula about every 10 minutes.
When your granola is done baking go ahead and stir in 1 cup of dried fruit. I used dates (my favorite), but dried cherries, cranberries, or apricots would be super good!
So far we have used our granola in smoothies, as an ice-cream topper, and of course with cold milk! But sprinkling this crunchy, homemade treat on top of a big bowl of greek yogurt with a heathy drizzle of honey has been my favorite way to enjoy this granola!
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup poppy seeds
- 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup of dried fruit