Granola is a very popular snack and topping to use, but it can be extremely unhealthy depending on what you buy and what is added! That is why David started making his own granola using natural ingredients and sweeteners, in order to bring you a healthier snack. Scoop 1/4 cup of this granola onto yogurt, make a parfait, or add on top of some oatmeal for a little crunch.
David's Homemade Granola
-½ cup 100% pure maple syrup
-4 teaspoons vanilla extract
-½ teaspoon salt
-½ cup melted coconut oil
-5 cups old fashioned rolled oats (do not use instant/quick oats)
-2 cups raw almonds, slivered or 2 cups of dry roasted peanuts (or 1 cup of each)
-can substitute 1 cup of the nuts for 1 cup of a seed, like pumpkin seeds
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. To help the parchment paper stay down, you can grease the pan and then place the parchment on top. Set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the syrup, extract, and salt. Then whisk in the coconut oil. Fold in the oats, almonds, and other nuts (if using), until all of the oats and nuts are coated.
Spread the oat mixture out evenly in a thin layer on the parchment lined baking pan. Using a spatula, press the mixture down firmly to help “pack” it all into place on the pan. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes, or until golden brown, and make sure to rotate the pan halfway through cooking. Let cook on a wire rack for an hour. Once cooled, break the granola into pieces and store in bell jars or an air-tight container.