|Simple Granola with Pecans|
Have you ever had homemade granola? It is undeniably... amazing! It’s one of those things that once you have it homemade, buying it is no longer an option. When my mom first made it I was addicted, and started making it weekly often quadrupling the recipe. I wanted to try to change some of the components to make it a tad bit healthier though, and much to my pleasure, it tastes...well... better. I substituted coconut oil for vegetable oil, and i think it gave the granola a richer flavor, with the light hint of coconut. Then I also used raw honey. So here is the link to the original recipe from Everyday Foods Magazine.
The following is my rendition of this favorite of mine.
SIMPLE GRANOLA WITH PECANS
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup raw honey
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 tspn ground cinnamon
1/2 tspn fine salt
3 c. rolled oats (make sure not to use 1 min quick oats)
2 c. chopped pecans & walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, sugar, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Add rolled oats, and chopped nuts; stir to combine. Spoon mixture onto sheet. Bake 15 minutes, and use a spatula to turn over the granola. Bake another 15 minutes until mixture is golden brown. (Don’t cook it any longer if you like it chewy like I do, if not cook a few minutes more for a crispier texture).
You can add any dried fruits, coconut, or nuts that suit your fancy. Cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut. (Store in an airtight container up to 3 weeks)
Makes about 3 pints
**NOTE: I usually make a big batch trippling it and sometimes quadrupling it. I love to give it as gifts, and I don’t like to run out very fast. It is also important to use fine salt. I tried using a thicker salt and the salt was too pronounced. I was also was researching brown sugar being vegan and came across this article.
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