As we talked about last week. Yogurt = Awesome. …But …Yogurt + Granola = even more awesome. I like to pack yogurt & granola to take to work – and my cuppow bnto makes keeping them separate until ready to eat easy-peasy 🙂
The only problem with most granola is oats. Yeah. I know they make gluten free oats. But guess what? My body hates them. Perhaps even more than it hates gluten and dairy. And. Oats usually = granola. Whomp. Whomp. 🙁
The other day, though, after making the new batch of yogurt that I talked about last week, I decided it was time to make some granola to enjoy myself. And I wanted it to be all clumpy in big clumps. Because < Who doesn’t?
The key to getting the granola to stick together into the (awesome) clumps is to let it cool for an insanely long time (think – overnight) before touching it at all or taking it off of the baking sheet. Resist. It’s so worth it in the end.
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter of choice)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 total cups nuts or seeds (I used 1 cup almonds, 1 cup pecans and 1 cup combined of (uncooked) quinoa, chia seeds and hemp seeds) (Any nuts, seeds, grains will do)
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees and prepare a rimmed baking sheet with tin foil or a silicon mat
- Add the peanut butter (or other nut butter), maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and salt to a medium size pot
- Heat over medium-low to slowly melt ingredients together, stirring frequently
- While heating, grind the three cups of nuts/seeds/etc in your food processor until they are all uniform size - but not so long that they begin to break down into nut butter.
- After nuts/seeds are processed, spread evenly on prepared baking sheet
- Once heated liquid peanut butter/maple syrup/coconut oil/spices mixture is melted and well combined, pour over nuts/seeds on baking sheet.
- Spread the liquid mixture so that it completely covers the nuts/seeds
- Bake for 35 - 40 minutes, watching carefully to keep from burning (cooking times may vary) - it is finished when it is starting to brown on the edges and more firm than tacky in the middle
- Take baking sheet out of oven and place on the counter. Don't do anything else to the granola for at least 6 - 8 hours, or overnight
- After resting time, break gently into bite size pieces using a spatula
- Store in an airtight container
- Great served over yogurt or with milk, or for munching on alone
- You can add up to 1 cup of dried fruit if desired. If so, push fruit into granola gently when it comes out of the oven
- Any nuts/seeds will work - I just used what I had on hand
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