Homemade Vanilla-Coconut Granola

Granola makes a great cereal or healthy grab-and-go snack. Make your own and you can customize flavors and save money! This recipe yields about eight cups, and the cost is less than you’d spend on a package of the premade kind.  

Make your granola with organic oats, available at everyday low prices at Vitacost.

Homemade Vanilla-Coconut Granola

Ingredients

Dry:
6 cups oats
½ cup  
coconut flakes

1 cup slivered almonds or whole almonds, ground
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/3 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup dried cranberries (or dried fruit of choice), optional
1/2 cup dried apricots (or dried fruit of choice), optional

Wet:
2/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup or raw honey
1-1/2 to 2 tsp. pure vanilla


Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. (Tip: If you only have whole almonds on hand, grind them to a powdered consistency in a food processor.)

2. In a glass measuring cup, mix together wet ingredients. (Tip: If using raw honey, melt for a short time in microwave before adding.)

3. Pour wet ingredient over dry ingredients. Use hands to thoroughly combine. (Mixture should be wet enough to stick together but not “mushy.” For additional moisture, sprinkle in some water.)

4. Spread granola onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 250 degrees F for 90 minutes. Turn off oven. When cool, remove sheets from oven.

5. Let granola dry until firm, about 6 to 8 hours. (It may feel “tacky” — and that’s OK!). Transfer granola to airtight containers for storage.

Tips and Variations

  • Customize your granola with different dried fruits, seeds, nuts, even chocolate.
  • Be sure to keep the ratio of dry to wet ingredients about the same for best results.
  • For vegan granola, use maple syrup instead of honey.
  • Don’t like coconut? Swap out the coconut flakes for chopped nuts.
  • Using coconut oil adds great coconut flavor. To tone it down, use canola oil instead.
  • “Like chocolate? Make cacao powder one of your dry ingredients (just use a little less of another dry ingredient in the recipe).

 


Dana Zucker

Dana Zucker

Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!
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Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family””teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband””healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real””and keep it easy!

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