What’s for breakfast tomorrow morning? Coconut Oil Granola! This granola is crisp, crunchy, lightly sweetened with honey and full of bits of fruit and nuts. Serve it with icy-cold milk or sprinkle it over a dish of yogurt, and I double-dare you to confine your serving size to half a cup.
I know you are probably thinking, “another granola recipe?” Everybody has a favorite granola recipe so this is my version. This is an easy granola recipe that makes a huge batch.
As compared to store bought, granola is economical to make and you probably already have the basic ingredients in your kitchen cupboards. It is a fun recipe to twist and tweek with different nuts and dried fruit. I have made many versions of this coconut oil granola and I don’t always keep notes of what gets added but I have yet to make a variety of granola that we did not like.
To make the basic granola we use six cup of gluten-free oats, four cups of flaked coconut, lots of walnuts and some cinnamon. The half-cup each of coconut oil and honey is just enough to coat the mixture lightly and not be sugary-sweet. The mixture is divided between two baking sheets and baked in a 325°F oven for one hour. After the granola is nicely browned it is cooled and then any manner of dried fruit can be added. For this batch of granola I raided the pantry and added raisins, cranberries, organic dried apples and some ginger chips.
Most granolas are high calorie, high fat delicious mixes and this granola is that…. but it is soooo good! If I can control myself to a quarter-cup sprinkled on yogurt I’m doing good. My favorite way to eat this is as a snack and spoon it up dry, right into my mouth! If it sits in the fridge or in the cupboard it is too tempting to not snack on it. For that reason I keep it stashed in the downstairs freezer. It is much less convenient there. Out of sight, out of mind?
In the past I have spent many a-dollar on boxes of breakfast cereal and it was not only a breakfast food but the kids loved cereal and milk for an after-school snack as well. I never realized that those boxes of cereal were so un-healthy and full of sugar, preservatives and bad fats. Granola was a cereal that I never bought on a regular basis, partly because it was so pricey but also it was usually a small container and was gobbled up so quickly!
This recipe for coconut oil granola has been adapted from the book, “The Coconut Oil Miracle, by Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D. and I have reduced proportions of the coconut oil as well as the honey and added my own variety of dried fruits and nuts.
About five years ago I read the book “The Coconut Oil Miracle” and I know that all my friends and family must have become so weary of me raving about the virtues of coconut oil.
The information I gleaned from this book changed the way I cooked and it had a huge impact on what oils and fats I now use. I already knew that coconut oil is a saturated fat but I also learned that coconut oil is one of the good oils like avocado oil and olive oil and I love the taste of it. Out went the hydrogenated, bad oils of crisco, margarine, canola oil and a few other of the popular oils that I had been using. Now the only oils and fats in my kitchen are butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil and sometimes specialty oils such as the walnut and hazelnut oils that I like to use for salads.
If you are interested in leaning some exciting and surprising information about coconut oil, I really do recommend this book by Bruce Fife. In the meantime, make up a batch of this granola and enjoy !…… 🙂
- Serves: 30 servings-1/2 cup each
- Serving size: ½ Cup
- Calories: 295
- Fat: 14.8
- Saturated fat: 4.62
- Trans fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 37.7
- Sugar: 9.68
- Sodium: 10.4
- Fiber: 4.25
- Protein: 6.88
- Cholesterol: 0
- 6 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 cups shredded or flaked coconut
- 2 cups walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup pepitas
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried apple slices, crushed
- ½ cup preserved ginger chips
- Preheat the oven to 300°F Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, reserve
- In a large bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, coconut, walnuts and pepitas. Heat the coconut oil and the honey in a saucepan just until warm and liquid. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.
- Drizzle the warm mixture over the oats. With clean hands, toss the mixture together to combine and coat the oats thoroughly. Divide the mixture evenly between the two baking sheets and transfer to the oven. Bake 30 minutes, remove from the oven and stir each baking sheet. Return the baking sheets to the oven, switching positions on the racks and bake an additional 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Add the raisins, cranberries, crushed apples and ginger chips. Store in an airtight container.