I just started making granola, after a few Facebook friends began posting their homemade creations!!!! I was inspired and jealous at the same time – why have I been eating this stale pre-packaged stuff all these years? Spending almost 10 years among hippies in Nor Cal … I’ve tried everything from making my own kombucha, growing sprouts and even designing clothes from trash (seriously) … but never made granola. Now my inner tree-hugger can unleash from the comfort of my Downtown Los Angeles loft.
Here is a super basic recipe for granola!
|Customize your own sweet and crunchy granola!!!||
- 1/4 cup sweetener (experiment with agave, honey and sugar)
- 1/4 oil (I love the taste of coconut oil, but you can use olive or canola oil)
- 2 cups oats (I like the raw, gluten-free ones)
- Add Ins! Dried fruit, spices, flax seed, chia seeds, coconut … experiment! (Always add the fruit at the end to keep it from drying out
- Put all of the ingredients in a bowl (except the dried fruit; you want to keep it moist!) Spread on a baking sheet, and bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes. Every 10-15 minutes … stir! You want a nice even brown. When its done, add the dried fruit and cool! Store it in the jar or plastic container for up to a few weeks. It will also last longer if you freeze it.
Once you try this base recipe, experiment with different flavor combinations. Here are a few of my favorites!
- Dried pineapple, coconut and macadamia nuts
- Dried cherries, roasted almonds and chocolate chips (add the chocolate chips after cooling)
- Banana chips, walnuts and cinnamon
- Roasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas) pumpkin pie spice and raisins
- Dried blueberries, cinnamon and coconut