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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.


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.


Calories per serving:

307 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Sodium Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 11g 17%
  • Carbs 48g 16%
  • Saturated 7g 35%
  • Fiber 5g 22%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 18g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 1g
  • Protein 6g 12%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 3%
  • Sodium 107mg 4%
  • Calcium 51mg 5%
  • Magnesium 67mg 17%
  • Potassium 236mg 7%
  • Iron 2mg 12%
  • Zinc 2mg 13%
  • Phosphorus 183mg 26%
  • Vitamin A 32µg 4%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 13%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 17%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 3%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 14µg 3%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 2%
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