Granola

Granola
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One of the Accidental Locavore’s bigset issues with granola is that it's very hard to find any without nuts. The advantage to making your own is that you control exactly what does or does not go into it, and it's really easy.

6
Servings
618
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3  Cups  old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2  Cup  unsweetened coconut
  • 3  Tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 3/4  Teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground ginger
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  Cup  pine nuts (optional)
  • 1/4  Cup  pumpkin seeds (optional)
  • 1/3  Cup  maple syrup
  • 2  Tablespoons  unsalted butter

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (don't try to be cheap here and use waxed paper, you'll be sorry... trust me!).

In a large mixing bowl, mix the oatmeal, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Add the pine nuts and pumpkin seeds, if using.

In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, add the butter and maple syrup. Heat until the butter is melted. Pour the mixture over the oat mix, toss to combine. Spread evenly on the baking sheet. Bake until golden, about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Allow the granola to cool. When it's cool, add whatever dried fruit you'd like. I usually add more coconut, chopped dried cherries, dried cranberries, raisins, currents, and chopped dried apricots. Mix well, store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
50%
Sugar
26g
29%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
69g
53%
Protein
9g
20%
Vitamin A, RAE
5µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
66mg
7%
Choline, total
42mg
10%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
106µg
27%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
65mg
20%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
326mg
47%
Selenium, Se
10µg
18%
Sodium, Na
529mg
35%
Water
42g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Granola Shopping Tip

What’s the difference between brown and white eggs? Besides color, nothing – different breeds of chicken account for the differences in color – quality and freshness are what really count.

Granola Cooking Tip

In addition to keeping foods like granola, yogurt, and fruit on hand, plan ahead for hectic weekdays by whipping up extra batches of waffles or pancakes and individually freezing them for easy morning meals.

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