Ahhhhh, remember the good old days when you thought granola was healthy? Oh man, we used to smash BOWLS of that sweet crunchy goodness. I mean, could you blame us? At this time, we also thought bagels were a good choice too so… Let’s just chalk that one up to the blissful ignorance of our youth. And denial.
And then… We learned to read labels. And pay attention to nutrition facts.
DREAMS SHATTERED PEOPLE. That delicious, ‘healthy’ cereal that we’d been shoveling in had 30+ grams of sugar per serving. Not to mention, a serving was 1/4-1/2 of a cup. Ummmm have you EVER only eaten a 1/4 of a cup of cereal? Because if you say you do… you’re lying. And we know you are.
So, for years and years we went granola free. Our bowls sat empty and neglected (okay, maybe not totally empty..). Our yogurt parfaits were a thing of the past.
Then one day we thought, what if we just MADE our own granola? That way, we could control how much sugar (and other ingredients) went into it. And the result? It was magic. We’d created a crunchy, not too sweet, granola that tasted almost exactly like name brands (if not better!).
What was even better, this delicious concoction only had 7 ingredients, and could easily be tweaked to add new flavors.
This recipe is essentially a base. You can easily add a variety of nuts and seeds to up the healthy fats, or take away the raisins to make it even lower in sugar.
It’s a great pre-workout meal, or a delicious add in with high protein greek yogurt. It’s also absolutely delightful sprinkled over fresh fruit.
However you enjoy it, now you can do so even more knowing it’s low in sugar and ingredients. So yes, we’d like to have our granola, and eat it too.
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut shreds
1 cup almond slivers
3 tbsp. coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup raisins
1. In a large bowl, mix oats, coconut shreds, and almond slivers. Set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, bring coconut oil and honey to a boil. As soon as the mixture starts boiling, remove from heat, and add vanilla.
3. Pour liquid mixture into dry mixture, and combine thoroughly.
4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spread mixture evenly.
5. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture every 5 minutes.
**It’s extremely important to check the granola consistently while it’s in the oven! It can quickly become too brown if left unattended.
6. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
7. Once granola is cooled, stir in raisins.