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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Homemade living: Granola

Recipe/Photo from Bakerita
I love granola and yogurt but finding a granola that wasn't loaded with sugar or tasted amazing was kinda hard. Then on Pinterest, I found this intriguing recipe for granola that I HAD to try.  It is gluten free and no added sugar. The sugar comes from honey and maple syrup!

While it was baking in the oven, my whole family was in wonder of what I was making the house smelled amazing. The recipe smelled amazing and tasted double amazing. I will definitely never buy granola again!

Coconut Pecan Granola

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (GF if needed)
2 tablespoons golden flax seeds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup honey*
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (I didn't use this and it was still amazing)
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1. Preheat oven to 300*F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking liner.

2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans and pepitas. In a smaller bowl, mix together remaining ingredients (except coconut flakes) and stir until fully incorporated. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together until the dry ingredients are completely coated.

3. Pour mixture onto prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every ten minutes to ensure even cooking. After 20 minutes, add in the coconut flakes (they’ll burn if you leave them in the whole time). Let finish cooking for last ten minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool entirely (I like to press mine down a bit right when it gets out of the oven so I get chunky granola, depends on your preference). When it’s fully cooled, store in an airtight container for up to a month, if it lasts that long!

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