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Granola is a staple in so many households, and is a nutritious and quick meal to start the day. If your short on time, you can always buy it packaged or in bulk at the store, but there’s nothing better than the sweet, wafting smell of granola baking in the oven. Depending on what you choose to add to it, making it yourself can even cut down the cost considerably!
There are countless ways to tweak this recipe according to your taste, but this is the basic formula. You can substitute a different fat for the butter (like Earth Balance, olive oil, or coconut oil), and could add different fruit or nuts (dried blueberries, dates, cranberries, walnuts, pecans). The sweetener is up to you, too, replacing the agave with honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, or any other natural alternative. Some people might want to add seeds (pumpkin, sesame, hemp) or different spices (ginger, allspice, cardamom).
This is what we used:
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup rasins
3/4 cup dried apples (chopped to smaller pieces)
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
a dash of salt
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 stick unsalted butter
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees
2. Cover a large baking sheet with aluminum foil
3. Add all of the dry ingredients except the cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl and mix together with your hands.
5. Add the dry ingredients in a mound on the baking sheet and pour hot mixture on top.
6. With a rubber spatula or your hands, mix the dry and wet ingredients until all of the oats are coated. Cover the baking sheet evenly with the mixture.
7. Bake for 15 minutes in a 300 degree oven and then remove baking sheet. With a rubber spatula, stir the granola around and then return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes, or until the granola has toasted to a golden brown.
8. Remove from the oven and let sit until cool — about an hour. Once it’s cooled the oats will clump together and form delicious clusters. Using a spatula, scoop the granola into a glass jar or plastic bag.
9. Serve with yogurt, or any kind of milk you prefer (dairy, soy, almond, hemp, rice).
The granola will keep for up to a couple months if stored properly in an airtight container. This recipe will make about 15-20 servings. *Note – the recipe was doubled in these images.
At Perelandra, we are committed to offering the best customer service around and having the most knowledgeable staff you can find. We are always thinking “How can we be the best we can be?”. In keeping with that commitment, we are so pleased to introduce our newest staff member, licensed cosmetologist Eden Di Bianco! Eden is an excellent addition to our staff, specializing in cruelty-free, natural and organic skin care, hair care and make-up. Eden trained at the Aveda Institute, and as a freelance hair and make-up artist and vegan, Eden has a special appreciation for natural products which are almost always cruelty-free. You can expect to see her regularly doing in-store skin care and make-up events (we’ll let you know in advance on Facebook and Twitter @Perelandra Foods so you can sign up!), and you’ll see her helping customers in our natural beauty department to find the best products for their skin and hair types, too. Stop in to say hello, or get a quick complimentary skin care consultation! Need more info? Give us a call at 718-855-6068 or shoot us an email: Info at PerelandraNatural dot com.