Back in my university days boxed granola was a staple in my cupboards. Along with my low-fat yogurt, this was a healthy breakfast for me.
Earlier on I lost about 25 pounds by making changes to my diet and lifestyle. I started packing a lunch, I drank a ton of water, exercised everyday, and started counting calories. This new focus on calories meant I ate salad on repeat and low fat everything.
Why is this relevant to my granola recipe? Even with all the changes I made I was clueless to ingredients. Since learning about foods the fuel your body, calories mean nothing in comparison with nutrients for me. One of the culprits in my favourite store bought granola: sugar (and LOTS of it). Outs went the box of granola.
As a mom now, I hope I can avoid my kids needing to start from scratch learning about nutrition. I value my journey but I can save them time. My goal for my family is that we won’t need to think about eating healthy because that will just be how we eat. Good thing I enjoy making healthy meals, right?
Homemade granola has a few advantages over store bought: you can pick and choose your own healthy ingredients and it makes your house smell unreal. For this recipe, my house smelt like delicious vanilla & maple all day long.
One Bowl Maple Vanilla Granola
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds*
- 1 cup cashews*
- 1 cup coconut flakes**
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon cardamom
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300°F
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
- Place nuts in food processors. Pulse several times to roughly chop nuts. Transfer to a large bowl.
- Stir in remaining dry ingredients into the large bowl with chopped nuts.
- Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
- Spread granola evenly on the lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 40 minutes total, stirring every 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the granola – adjust total time to avoid this.
- Let granola cool and transfer to a container with a lid
*Substitute for any nuts – I like cashews for their buttery taste but you can add more or least almonds or other nuts
**Coconut Flakes can be hard to find – substitute for an additional cup of shredded coconut
Swap and add ingredients as you prefer – for example, add more nuts instead of coconut or add dried fruit.