One of the fun things about being so close to the end of this pregnancy is the nesting stage.
Where my home actually gets cleaned.
Where I pretend to know how to organize.
Where I think in advance about what meal times are going to be like.
Which brings me to one of my favorite recipes ever.
Granola! If you would have told me five years ago I would be making my own granola I would have laughed, laughed, laughed.
I had NO idea how simple it was. How delicious it was. Or how cost efficient it is!
My recipe is pretty straight forward. The only “specialty” ingredient I highly recommend getting is coconut oil.
- 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- 2 cups quick cook oats
- 2 -4 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 -2 tablespoons raw Turbinado sugar or white sugar
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried fruit of choice I like dried blueberries, my family likes Pomegranate Craisens
Heat oven to 250 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Place on baking sheet and put in oven for thirty minutes. Remove and sift gently, then put back in oven for 15-30 minutes or until mostly dry.
Remove from oven and let sit out for at least one hour.
Store in an air tight container. Serve over yogurt, in milk, or on ice cream.
Now. I have to admit, while I love my recipe… I needed a bit of help in the technique department.
Enter in Sylvie from gourmande in the kitchen.
She wrote this AMAZING post on how to make the best granola… and I think I may have wept a little. I mean, yes I am pregnant and normally dont weep about granola, but really. Its just that good of a post!
Plus her photography is absolutely stunning.
Seriously. Dont go over there. You will never, ever want to come back here! She is an absolute master at what she does.
My recipe is pretty straight forward. The only “specialty” ingredient I highly recommend getting is coconut oil. I got this at my local grocery store.
But after reading Sylvie’s recommendations, I added quick oats, some turbinado sugar (you can use white sugar) and used her clumping method to get crispy chunks.
*You can also make this recipe gluten free by buying Gluten Free Oats
Really, the sky is the limit with granola! Heck, I love to just eat it right from the jar. 🙂
A quick note about coconut oil. This site, OrganicFacts.net, has some fantastic information on how to use it for stress relief, hair care, and even helping to reduce chance of cancer.
When you buy coconut oil it is in solid form, but will turn into liquid at 75 degrees. You can stir it into granola in the solid form, but I often heat it slightly so that it turns to liquid. (making it a bit easier to incorporate)
Hope you try this, and hope you love it as much as we do!
I sure do I hope my kids eat this when I am in the hospital with baby… but I have a feeling Grandpa might be sneaking them a donut or two. 😉