Nothing can really be easier than homemade granola. It’s so expensive to purchase at the grocery store and you can’t really control how much sugar they add. So I thought I’d start with this simple, delicious granola recipe.
The great thing is that you can substitute or add any nut or fruit that you love. It will all be great and so much fun to experiment with flavor combos.
For the past year I’ve been obsessed with these little dried fruits I found at the grocery store – baobab. (pictured above) They taste like tiny diced mangoes – they are a combination of mango and apple puree with baobab powder. Baobab is hailed as a super fruit. You can read an abstract about their nutritional values here. If you see them, taste some for yourself!
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup brown rice syrup (you can use all honey if you don't have brown rice syrup on hand)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup orange juice
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons almond or vanilla extract
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- ⅓ cup flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup dried fruit of your choice, I used baobab
- Heat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium saucepan over, combine the brown rice syrup, honey, maple syrup, orange juice, butter, and almond extract. Bring to a boil over medium heat, watching it so it doesn't boil over. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the mixture thickens a bit.
- Mix the oats, flax seed, coconut, almonds, and sea salt in a large bowl.
- Pour the hot honey mixture over the oat mixture. Stir to coat thoroughly, and spread evenly on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven, mix in your dried fruit of choice and let it cool completely. It will get crispier as it cools.
- Serve with milk or on top of yogurt. Add some chopped fresh fruit for extra yum!