My mom makes really good granola. There used to be a really big tub of it in our pantry at all times and I would sneak handfuls when she wasn't looking. It's a strange thing to say, but granola is one of my comfort foods.
But store bought granolas are usually not gluten free, packed with refined sugar, and expensive. So when I started to crave my mom's granola the other day, I decided to roll up my sleeves and make it myself. I believe she followed a recipe from a heart healthy cookbook, but I can't for the life of my remember what it was.
This is my best copycat recipe of Mom's Granola.
For a small batch you'll need:
1 Cup Unseasoned Walnuts
1 Cup Gluten Free Oats
1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/4 Cup Honey (maple syrup works too)
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
A few sprinkles of salt (probably about a 1/2 teaspoon)
First, put your coconut oil into a small sauce pan on low heat to melt
While that's melting away, give your walnuts a rough chop
And measure out your honey
When the oil has melted, but is still not crazy hot, pour it into the measuring cup with your honey and mix it all up!
If you let your oil get to hot, just let it cool a bit before this step so you don't burn the honey or have some sort of oil explosion. (I say this because I let mine get too hot and had a small cooking explosion).
The smell of honey and coconut is basically a match made in heaven. Can someone please make me a coconut honey candle? I'll send you some homemade granola!
Set your honey and coconut oil mixture to the side and in a large mixing bowl combine your walnuts, oats, and coconut flakes.
Give them a good tossing to get them all mixed up.
Next drizzle your honey and coconut oil mixture over the oats, coconut flakes, and walnuts. Then sprinkle on some salt.
And mix it all up so every bit is nicely coated in honey and oil.
This will get a little sticky, so once your mixture starts to form a sticky ball, plop it out onto a baking tray lined with parchment.
There's no need to grease the parchment, the coconut oil will keep it from sticking. However, if you aren't using parchment, I'd give the baking tray a little spritz of cooking spray.
With your spatula, spread the granola out into thin layer.
Pop it into the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees, giving them a little stir and toss around the tray at 10 minutes.
When the timer pings, pull them out of the oven, sprinkle with a wee bit more salt, and let them cool completely. Don't worry if it isn't crunchy and crispy right away, it will crisp up as it cools.
While you let the granola cool, the smell of warm coconut and honey will fill your house and tempt you to sneak a few bites (which I whole heartedly encourage).
Once the 20 minutes has passed and the granola is cooled and crispy. crunch some into a bowl, douse it in the milk of your choice (I chose full fat coconut milk to get an extra dose of coconut flavor)
Drizzle with a little more honey or maple syrup, and dig in!
The flavor will be nutty, sweet, salty, and crunchy all at the same time! And since you made it yourself, it you it has significantly less sugar and nonsense than the store bought brands, so you can enjoy guilt free!
If you have any left over after snacking away, just pop it into an airtight container and store in a cool dry place. It last for about a week, but chances are you and yours will it eat it all before then!
You can eat this granola on it's own, as a cereal, with yogurt, or even as an ice cream topping! There's really no wrong way to go about it and I'm sure you'll be sneaking handfuls when no one is looking just like a young (and grown up) MG!