Coconut Orange Granola: from the oven not a box

Homemade granola is the best! For many reasons including how much better it tastes fresh from the oven instead of a box or bag. But the main reason is I get to control what goes inside. This recipe is gluten-free & has no processed sugars.

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

To limit grain intake, I omit the oats or sub with another seed or nut. Most paleo grandola I have seen in stores is like $9 for a tiny bag! What, that is not supposed to be single serving? Well if you are like me it is easy to put away huge portions of granola… especially freshly made!! It is tasty on one-ingredient banana ice cream, yogurt, smoothie bowls, under almond milk & by the fistful!

And most importantly, I can control the sugar content. There are great recipes available with just dates for sweetener & no processed sugar added. Most store-bought granola have at least 10 grams of sugar per serving, and that is if you only eat one serving.

All that to say, there are a million ways to make granola. Here is one. I have never made it quite this way before, & doubt I ever will again. It was delicious, don’t get me wrong! I just can’t seem to stick to a recipe no matter how delicious it is!! But you probably have figured that out about me by now 🙂

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

Disclaimer: I didn’t measure anything so these are guesstimates, be sure to adjust amounts of dry/liquid ingredients as necessary. Re-create at your own risk 🙂

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (I used half pecan & half cashew)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 drops certified pure orange essential oil (be sure the brand you use is safe for consumption)
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup local honey

Directions:

  1. Process 1 cup of oats in the food processor until medium fine. Add 1 cup of almonds & roughly chop.
  2. Add oats, almonds, mixed nuts, coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt to a bowl & mix well.
  3. Blend raisins, water & vanilla in food processor or blender.
  4. Add remaining liquid ingredients & process until smooth (some chunks are okay!)
  5. Add liquid to the dry & mix well.
  6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper & spread granola in a thin layer.
  7. Bake at 350 for about one hour stirring every 15-20 minutes. Rotate baking sheets from top & middle racks half way through. Baking time can very so keep a close eye on it & remove from oven when toasted a light golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool & store in airtight container.

Coconut Orange Granola Recipe

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Holidays: DIY Gift Giving

Joy.

Love.

Celebration.

Togetherness.

Tradition.

Food.

Gratitude.

A former Charlie Brown Christmas tree (no tree this year)

Hmmm… so many words pop up when thinking about this time of year: the holidays. Thanksgiving has come & gone, but the opportunity to be grateful & express our gratitude is there every day. I am still beginning my day by giving thanks for another beautiful day of life. This has definitely made getting out of bed easier as I have been battling the strong desire to hibernate ever since the time change.

Tangent. The point is, the holidays bring up many different things for all of us. This time of year is an interesting blend of magical traditions & chaos. One thing I am doing this year to enhance the enjoyment of gift giving & reduce the stress around the holidays is DIY gifting. Getting creative, recycling supplies, crafting gifts unique as the individual within the comfort of home – it’s a win, win, win!

With Pinterest at our fingertips, DIY has never been easier! Here are some of my favorite homemade gift ideas (spoiler alert – some of you may be receiving one of these gifts from me this year!):

  1. COOKIES – I want to try this Paleo Peppermint Fudge Recipe!!
  2. Sugar Scrub – indulgent & simple! (check out 6 recipes with detailed directions)
  3. Jerky – turns out you can do it on low in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator!jerky
  4. “Gratitude Granola” … or any granola 🙂 Try this recipe from Oh She Glows.
  5. Sunflower Seed Butter (or you can try any nut butter: peanut, almond, cashew…)
  6. Kombucha – hey, it’s tasty, affordable & healthful!
  7. Mix Tape… or whatever the modern Mp3 version of this is (I miss the simple days)!
  8. Slippers… anyone else have fond memories of grandma gifting these? We got knitted ones with yarn bobbles. Here is a simpler version that’d be fun for kids!
  9. A good book… great for white elephant & gift exchanges. Because recommended books are best, so even if they are a little loved – pass them on!
  10. Vanilla Extract – I love receiving this one! DIY Flavored Extract Recipesvanilla
  11. Advent Calender – fun & unique holiday tradition
  12. Mason Jar with just about anything in it! (Check out these cute ideas!)
  13. Photobook – I love Shutterfly & they ALWAYS have coupon codes available!
  14. Art Supply Kit – or any “kit” (ice cream sundays, build a fort, scrapbooking, spa…)
  15. Original jewelry – check out this spin on friendship bracelets (hint hint: I want one!)
  16. Neck Wrap/Heating Pad – fill with rice & add some essential oils

BONUS: Surprise Balls – Looks fun for kids or stocking stuffers!!

Here another post with 65 cool DIY ideas… “65 Amazing Homemade Christmas Gifts

Share your ideas with us!!

May your gift giving me unique, generous & full of love. Happy Holidays!!