There aren’t many things that make a home smell better than baking granola. Cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup baking together into a heavenly bliss— oh it’s incredible. So good, I can never go back to the box now that I’ve made it from scratch.
And this recipe uses real maple syrup and unrefined coconut oil— which ups the healthiness and tastiness to a whole new level.
Are you a coconut addict yet? I’ve been using it for baking for a year now and love it. I also use it as moisturizer, in my toothpaste, for a deep treatment for my hair and all these other things you can read about here.
This simple, healthy coconut granola was inspired by Two Peas and their Pod. I tweaked it slightly for personal preference. I like my granola to have clusters in it, and to do so you need to use a flour to hold it together. I use almond flour from Trader Joe’s and it works great.
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1/4 cup almond flour
3/4 cup sliced almonds
2 tbs brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
5 tbs coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c shredded sweetened coconut (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Note: Some people recommend using a Slipat, but it takes a lot longer to cook it and it’s never really crunchy. The best way for me is using a pizza pan with air holes in it. I put the parchment paper on that and it comes out nice and crisp.
2. In a large bowl combine oats, almond flour, sliced almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, warm coconut oil and maple syrup to room temp (I use the microwave on low power). This keeps the coconut oil from turning solid, which makes it harder to mix the ingredients evenly.
Then whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are well-coated.
3. Pour the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread granola into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or until granola is golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Let granola cool completely. If you want to add raisins, now is the time to do it.
Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 month.