Homemade Crunchy Munchy Granola

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Granola… Granola… Granola…  I have  could eat this by the bowlful.  Mostly I fill a bowl with fresh berries or fruit, add a little milk and granola.  Breakfast of champions, I say.  How about starting your morning off with a bowl of yogurt topped with granola.
I have tried to keep up a gluten/wheat free diet and use organic products where possible, so my ingredients in this recipe are organic and gluten/wheat free.  However, I have made this for many years with non-organic and my oatmeal may or may not have contained wheat/gluten.  Use what you have and what your family likes.  This recipe is adaptable and you get to choose the ingredients you like.  If you only like oats in your granola then cut out all the other items listed and add more oats to replace them.  If your favourite dried fruit is apricots, well add them instead.  Make my recipe your starting place.  Lately I’m using organic cane sugar in my recipes.  However, I wanted to test a few recipes with coconut sugar.  There is a slight difference in taste, more of a molasses type of flavour you can pick up on, and finished color of the granola is slightly darker when using organic coconut sugar.  I prefer organic cane sugar or granulated sugar in this recipe but coconut and brown sugars works too.

Homemade Crunchy Munchy Granola

  • Servings: 10-11 cups
  • Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups – 678g Oatmeal (large flake) I used gluten/wheat free
  • 1.5 cups – 225 g dried fruit – raisins, blueberries, cranberries, bananas, or fruit of your choice
  • 1.5 cups – 198 g chopped or slivered almonds.  You can use any type of nut you love or omit altogether
  • 1.5 cups – 157 g shredded coconut unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup – 80 g flax seed, or ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup – 80 g chia seeds

Sauce coating

  • 1/4 cup – 52 g coconut oil or oil of your choosing… (for years I used 1/2 butter)
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar, coconut sugar, white granulated, or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup – 150 g honey, or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat the oven to °350 Baking time 30-35 min.
  2. Place parchment on two baking sheets.

I left my DSLR battery charger somewhere so I had to use my iPhone for these pictures.  But hey.. You get the picture 😉

IMG_3016Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, you can add the dried fruit after baking if you prefer (Certain dried fruit like raisins could burn in the oven if this granola is overcooked)IMG_3020Stir to mix evenlyIMG_3017Add the sugar, honey, coconut oil, salt and heat over medium heat until dissolved and combined.  I used coconut sugar if you use cane sugar or granulated sugar the color will not be as dark amber as above.
IMG_3022As soon as the sugar is melted and all the ingredients are joined together, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
IMG_3023Pour the sauce over the dry ingredients.IMG_3024Toss and stir the granola until all the sauce is evenly distributed.  This take two to three minutes.
IMG_3025The granola will need to be baked in the oven for 30-35 minutes depending on your oven.  I use the convection setting on my oven for baking granola.  If you don’t have convection on your oven, you may need to increase baking time by 5-10 minutes.  Spread the granola in the two baking sheets and set the timer for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and stir to combine the granola on the top that is starting to crisp, this keeps the granola from burning.  Place back in the oven for 5 minutes and then repeat until the baking time is finished.  Be sure to pay attention to the granola for the last 5-6 minutes as oven temperatures can vary and you don’t want to burn the granola.  IMG_3028You will know when the granola is cooked as it will no longer have a wet look, the oatmeal will be hardened and crunchy.  Remove from the oven and immediately place in the large bowl.  Stir to combine and then stir occasionally until completely cooled.  Place in an airtight container for storage.IMG_3031It’s cooled, and I add to a large mason jar.  Trust me when I tell you to wait until cooled before adding to a jar.  You don’t want it to harden in a solid piece in the jar 😉   The granola fills a large 1.9 litre jar is 1.9 and a small 500ml jar (approximately 10-11 cups).IMG_3033

Yes, I ate a bowlful immediately.  You will too.

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