Granola

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GRANOLA

The granola cereal I’m showing you today is so versatile. Not only can you use it in so many different ways, but it is really easy to customize to your liking. I’m going to give you my recipe for my favorite version. But you choose your add-ins for this basic recipe and make it your very own!

I don’t know about you, but I’m skeptical about most store-bought cereals. They seem to be full of sugar and not much else. I would really like to have the best of both worlds: a slightly sweet breakfast or snack with some actual nutrition on the side!

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We use this at my house as a cereal with either whole milk or almond milk. I also like it as a crunchy topping on my favorite Peanut Butter Fluff yogurt snack. But it is also great right by itself!

These whole oats and dates have fiber to fill you up, and if you choose to put nuts in, you can be satiated for a while in between meals. The coconut oil gives you a healthy source of fat for good brain functioning. And I use a mixture of both honey and 100% maple syrup for a unique, slightly sweet flavor that gives some trace minerals as well.

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The trick to getting those clumps of goodness is to add an egg white to the mixture. If you’re not into granola clusters, feel free to leave it out.  Another substitution you may choose to make is in the vanilla. I use crushed vanilla bean seeds. You may want to try this one from Amazon: Wild Foods Vanilla Bean Powder, 1 Ounce. But if you choose to use liquid vanilla flavoring, just add it in at the same time as the honey and maple syrup. I also like this particular coconut oil: Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 12 Ounce

It is best if you mix very well after each step so that every grain is covered by the liquid parts. This will give you the best flavor throughout, with no spots in your granola that are tasteless!

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Recipe for…Granola cereal

3 c rolled oats

2 tbs coconut oil

½ tsp vanilla bean seeds

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tbs honey

1 tbs maple syrup

1 egg white (optional, to make clusters)

½ c chopped pecans

½ c chopped dates

¼ c mini chocolate chips

Line an 11”x14” baking sheet with parchment paper. In a glass measuring cup, melt the coconut oil for about 20 seconds in the microwave to liquefy. In a large bowl, stir together oats, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir in melted coconut oil and mix well until all the oats appear to be coated. Stir in honey and maple syrup and mix well. If clusters are desired, stir in one egg white and mix well. Spread the mixture evenly into one single layer onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 300oF for 10 minutes. Take out the granola and stir through, breaking up large pieces. Spread back out evenly and bake for another 7-8 minutes. Let cool completely. Add in dates and chocolate chips. Store in an air tight container.

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