My typical breakfast is greek yogurt with honey and a handful of granola or nuts (paired with a strong cup of coffee, of course!). I love how granola can be enjoyed with yogurt or milk but can also double as an easy on-the-go snack. Making your own granola is super easy and gives you the ability to add any kind of flavors you like! Here is my basic granola recipe along with a few favorite add-ins. Basic Granola, makes 3-4 small servings.
Needed: 2 cups oats (old fashioned, not the quick cooking kind), 1 1/2 cups nuts/seeds of your choice, 1/3 cup oil (I like to use olive oil), 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of ginger, 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/4 cup dried fruit or other additions you like.
In a bowl combine the oats and nuts/seeds. Pour in oil and honey (or maple syrup) and stir to combine. Add in seasonings and vanilla and mix well. Spread out on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 to make sure all pieces bake evenly. Add in dried fruit during the last 10 minutes of baking. For the granola pictured above I used almonds slivers and dried blueberriesFor this granola I added sliced almonds. To make chunky granola simply don't mix during the baking process. Once you remove your granola from the oven break it up into small chunks for a different kind of texture. This is great for snacking granola; like for camping or carrying around in your purse.
What? You don't carry granola in your purse? Oh, yeah. Me neither….For this granola I added walnuts and coconut flakes. I love the sweet and chewy addition of coconut flakes, but they can burn easily. Be sure not to add coconut flakes until the last 5-6 minutes of cooking.Store your granola in an air tight container or zip lock back for up to two weeks. Enjoy! xo. Emma