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.
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 🙂
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
- 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
- Process 1 cup of oats in the food processor until medium fine. Add 1 cup of almonds & roughly chop.
- Add oats, almonds, mixed nuts, coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt to a bowl & mix well.
- Blend raisins, water & vanilla in food processor or blender.
- Add remaining liquid ingredients & process until smooth (some chunks are okay!)
- Add liquid to the dry & mix well.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper & spread granola in a thin layer.
- 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.
- Allow to cool & store in airtight container.