Firstly I hope everyone is taking precautions and staying safe while COVID-19 is sweeping the globe. You may be wondering what you can make with the all pantry and freezer staples in your kitchen.
Once you try freshly baked granola, you won’t go back to store-bought granola.
This healthy recipe can be made with common household pantry items. All you need for this base recipe is oats, nuts, honey or maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract and oil. I added orange zest and shredded coconut for additional zing and sweetness.
I love having granola in the house for a super easy snack. Pour over cold milk, top off a fruit parfait or simply a handful of this sweet and salty treat.
Now that you have my “base” recipe for this granola, you can get creative with the add-ins and make it your own.
What Goes Into This Granola & Granola Variations:
Old fashion oats– best for keeping their shape while baking.
Oils- This is what gives the granola that addictive crunch. I find that coconut oil works the best, don’t worry you won’t taste the coconut flavor. You can also use extra-virgin olive oil.
Nuts- I used pecans and almonds. Cashews, sunflower seeds, walnuts and pistachios are also great nuts to use.
Spices- Cinnamon and salt should always be incorporated. Salt is the key here it brings the granola together. Cinnamon gives the granola a warming spice that pairs perfectly with the sweetness from maple syrup.
Sweetness- I love using real maple syrup it gives it delicious natural sweetness and it’s vegan. Honey is also a great option and works great for making large clusters of granola. In this recipe I incorporated shredded coconut for an extra layer of sweetness and texture.
Citrus Zest– Orange zest is the secret ingredient, all you need is 1 tsp of fresh zest to bring this granola alive and give it a spring of freshness.
Check back in soon for granola variations. xoxo
Before you bake tips:
Adding Coconut: If you’re going to use shredded coconut like I did, split the 1/2 cup of coconut into two portions. Mix in 1/4 cup with the ingredients before baking, then halfway though baking add the remaining 1/4 cup, mix well then press the granola down onto the pan.
Large clusters: If you prefer chunky large clusters of granola, like I do. Don’t over bake the granola, pull it out when it turns slightly golden, if it looks a little under done don’t worry it’ll continue to crisp as it cools. Let the granola cool completely before breaking it up.
This delicious healthy granola recipe is naturally sweetened with honey and coconut. Enjoy it over a bowl of greek yogurt or cold milk.
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cup raw nuts ( I used pecans and almonds)
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- ½ cup honey or real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, oats, nuts, orange zest, salt, half the amount of shredded coconut and cinnamon. Mix together.
Now add the wet ingredients, oil, honey or maple syrup, and vanilla. Mix together.
Pour the granola onto your pan and spread it in an even layer.
Bake about 20 to 24 minutes on the middle rack.
Halfway into the baking time take the granola out, add the other half of coconut shreds, stir and press the granola down. Bake until lightly golden, keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't burn.
Let the granola completely cool, undisturbed for at least 45 minutes!
Once cooled break the granola into pieces with your hands. Enjoy!
Storing tips: store the granola in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.