Ohhhhh my god. Oh my god. Make this right now. This was my first time making my own granola and I don’t know what took me so long. My favorite muesli from Trader Joe’s was out of stock yesterday when I went grocery shopping and, although at first I was devastated, it made me realize I have a ton of perfect granola-making supplies in my cupboard and I should just do it myself! I need granola for finals. Need it. It’s my go-to “I don’t feel like preparing a real meal right now” meal that’s sufficiently healthy-ish (kinda) while still being snack-y. I promise you I will be on a granola-binge this week as a result of all the finals/move-out/end of the year stress that I will be experiencing. At least now I’m sufficiently prepared.
I just ate a bowl of this nutty, oat-y goodness with milk and sliced bananas and I’m fairly sure I will never be quite the same. This was SO EASY and it’s SO YUMMY and it made the apartment smell like cinnamon and maple syrup. I’m back on my breakfast binge, ladies and gentlemen. And I don’t even regret it. Yet.
3 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. coconut flakes
1/4 c. maple syrup
2 Tbsp. agave nectar (or honey!)
1/4 c. coconut oil
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
dash of salt
1 c. mixed nuts, chopped (I used cashews, peanuts, walnuts and pepitas)
1 c. dried fruit (I used mixed raisins)
Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and set aside. In a large bowl, mix everything but the dried fruit–but including the coconut, of course–until everything is sufficiently coated. (You may need to microwave the coconut oil for a few seconds to make it liquid-y.) Spread the mixture on your cookie sheet as evenly as possible. Stick it in the oven for 15-30 minutes (I do realize this is a big range, bear with me for a second), stirring every 5 minutes or so to make sure everything gets evenly toasted. Let it cool completely before stirring in your dried fruit and storing.
I only left my granola in the oven for about 20 minutes or so, but I’ve seen recipes say to leave it in for as long as 45. I checked mine every 5 and it seemed like the edges were nearing their toasty peak by the 3rd time I checked, so I re-stirred and took it out soon after. I’m sure a lot of it has to do with your oven–just don’t make this when you absolutely must be otherwise occupied since you’re going to have to check it. You definitely wouldn’t want your precious granola to burn.
This goes without saying, but you can obviously use whatever ingredients you’d like in your granola. If you don’t like coconut or something, omit it. If you’re really into dried cherries, add ’em. I bet you could make a really awesome banana-y granola using ripe mashed bananas. Or you could even add cocoa powder. Whatever you’d like, really! I’ll probably try more varieties and keep you posted.
For everyone who’s crazy busy right now: hang in there! You can do it! Make some granola, it’ll make you feel better.