by jilldahan on September 10, 2013

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Granola is such an easy thing to make and yet so many of us buy it at the store!Home made is just so delicious; portable, economical, and really a doddle. Once you make it you will never want to go back to purchased batches again!The uses are endless! Breakfast cereal is an obvious choice, but its also a great topping over fruit for a quick dessert, in a parfait with yogurt,or just by the handful for a quickie snack! A big difference with this granola is that by your using coconut oil, you get a boost of body friendly fat while bringing yourself a “I’m really satisfied” feeling. That is because fat transports flavor and nutrients! Coconut oil also feeds the brain and who wouldn’t want extra brainpower! Another bonus to making it yourself is you can sweeten it with coconut sugar and if you have never tried this, you must give it a whirl! This sugar delivers layers of caramel like flavor, essential minerals and vitamins, and it won’t give you those sugar blues by spiking your blood sugar. Also, as it is not primarily fructose, it will not be converted to fat straight away after eating.  So use this recipe as a starting point and then get creative!



Serves about 6

3 tbsp coconut oil (5 tbsp unsalted butter can be used)
3 tbsp coconut palm sugar
2 cups (8oz/225g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (2oz/55g) slivered almonds
1/2 cup (2oz/55g) sunflower seeds
1/2 cup (2oz/55g) raisins (double this if you like raisins and a sweeter taste)

Melt oil or butter and sugar and stir until combined. Throughly mix in oats, nuts, and seeds and spread onto a baking sheet. Bake at 325f (170c) for 20 minutes until lightly browned . Turn off oven, stir mixture, and leave in the oven for another 5 minutes to crisp up then remove and mix in raisins and leave to cool. Store at room temperature in a sealed container.

Note: any mixture of different nuts and fruit can be substituted for the almonds, seeds, and raisins to change it up ! Also by adding 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes and /or 1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon this will add extra sweetness and nutritional punch!




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