I swear my children could not be more opposite if they tried. My daughter, who has faithfully and without any complaints conformed to the recent changes we have made to our diets, who I trust to be the child that won't fight me about the food I serve, happens to be picky about only one thing: breakfast. She has admitted she doesn't like to eat breakfast so for her to eat it means I have to pretty much give her whatever she asks for. She loves yogurt so I mentioned to her about eating granola with it. She seemed excited to try it so I set out to make granola for the first time. It's funny, granola is actually something I would consider buying already packaged as there are some pretty good, quality brands. But have you seen the price of granola. Yeah, it's not cheap. I thought I could do much better by making it and I was right. Here's how I did it:
3 cups organic rolled oats (not quick cooking)
1/2 cup organic unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp organic brown sugar
1 tsp organic ground cinnamon
1/3 cup organic coconut oil
1/3 cup organic agave
pinch of salt
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
1/4 cup each dried cranberries and blueberries
Directions: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet. In a small saucepan set over medium heat add the coconut oil and the agave.Cook until the mixture is slightly boiling. In the meantime add the oats, coconut, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the oil mixture to the bowl and stir well. Divide the mix among the baking sheets and spread it out in an even layer. Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes. When the granola is golden brown, transfer to a bowl (I used the original bowl). Add the maple syrup and stir. When mix has cooled (about 15 minutes or so), add the cranberries and blueberries. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Tip: One of the best things about homemade granola is the ability to mix in any ingredients you want. Izzy wanted apricots, but I said we didn't have any but we had the berries so she was fine with that. If you wanted to add nuts (ie. walnuts, almonds, pecans), just sprinkle them over the top about halfway through the cooking so they get warm and toasty. Dried fruits get added after the mixture has cooled.