There is something to love about a well made granola, full of texture and salty-sweetness. What is even better is a homemade variety. Addicting Crunch & Munch like crack mix that should not be reserved solely for trails! No. I think snack time, breakfast, or anytime warrants this stuff. We’re going to toast-up some organic rolled oats. flax, roasted almonds, brown sugar & dried cranberries, to achieve a beautiful brown bake. It will no doubt be delicious and healthy at the same time. Oats are our friends, and when we pair them with ground golden flax seeds, we’re headed for great things! Oats offer a good source of fiber know as beta-glucan, which has shown documented success at lowering cholesterol when eaten daily. Our flax also boasts a significant amount of fiber. In fact, the oats also offer us 70% DV of manganese, and we’ll get a good dose of selenium, phosphorus, mangnesium & zinc while we’re at it.
Healthy isn’t really the secret weapon of this granola, it’s the taste! It is marvelous on its own, on yogurt, or as cereal with milk. I would also do this as a topping on vanilla bean ice cream! The key is to toast it low and slow to achieve perfectly crunchy oats. Very easy to make, just takes a little time in the oven.
Here is my simple version, which I warn will be hard to put down. Might be a good idea to double-up the batch while we’re in the kitchen.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1.5 cups roasted almonds (sliced & chopped smaller)
- ¾ cup shredded, sweetened coconut
- 2 T whole, golden flax seeds
- 2 T ground golden flax seeds
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 3 T molasses
- ¼ cup oil (I would use canola or EVOO)
- ¾ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- *1 cup dried, sweetened cranberries (add after toasting granola)
- Preheat oven to 275.
- In a bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, seeds, ground flax, sugar, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar.
- In second bowl, combine oil, molasses & vanilla (combine well)
- Add wet mix to oat mix, combine well.
- On a large, parchment-lined baking sheet, spread granola in a thin, even layer
- Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring mix and re-spreading every 20 min to ensure browning
I am looking forward to a bowl of this with some kefir this weekend. Get some!