Maple Vanilla Granola Recipe

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By Staff | Feb 5, 2016

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    If you are looking for a tasty granola recipe to rival any store bought boxed cereal, you are in the right place.

    My kids love it and enjoy it with fresh milk or as a topping to homemade yogurt. Who am I kidding, they love it any way they can get it. Those kids can put it away!

    I found the original recipe on the Green Smoothie Girl Web site. I tweaked it a bit to fit what ingredients I had on hand and came up with this version. It’s definitely not a chunky, eat with just your hands granola, but perfect as a cereal replacement.

    You see, I have my kids totally duped. They are not aware (yet!) that there is a world out there with crazy amounts of sugary boxed cereal to choose from. We never go down the cereal aisle thankfully and I’m happy keeping them in the dark as long as I can. It’s for their own good, darnit!

    I love homemade granola. It’s kind of like potato chips for me though, once I grab a handful I just can’t stop!

    So without further waiting, here it is. A super simple granola that will satisfy the hungry beasts in your household.

    Maple Vanilla Granola

    8 cups rolled oats
    1/2 cup pepitas
    1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (I place almonds in my blender for a few seconds, my kids don’t like their granola to be too chunky)
    1 cup sunflower seeds
    1/2 cup ground flax
    1 cup cashew pieces
    1/4 cup sesame seeds
    2 tablespoons cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

    Heat the following in a saucepan until melted:

    1/2 cup honey
    1/2 cup maple syrup
    1/2 cup water
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1 tablespoon vanilla

    Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Spread mixture onto two baking sheets covered in parchment paper. Place in the oven for one hour and 10 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes. Let cool and store in airtight containers.

    The bonus? If you let your kids help you make it, then you get at least 20 minutes of peace and utter happiness out of them. Just don’t worry about all of the oats that will spill all over the floor.

    If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to check out my tweak on spicy kale chips. They are super satisfying.

    Also, I’m doing an online class this month all about eating healthy and how to make your own cultured foods. Be sure to head on over to Facebook and join in the fun!

    Until next time!

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