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Simple Healthy Granola

Hi! I posted pics of my granola on Instagram and received interest from several followers to share the recipe so, here it is!

I’ve experimented with many different granola recipes over the years and this one can easily be made to fit your lifestyle. When I can’t make it, I buy Whirlybird Granola, started by an amazing woman from Cincinnati. It’s delicious and super clean/healthy!

This homemade granola recipe isn’t too sweet, provides amazing crunch and, most importantly, it’s HEALTHY! It comes together quickly and one tip I have is to buy some of the nuts and seeds from the bulk bins available in most stores so you just get what you need without spending a lot of money.

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I start with local oats from Mud Run Farm; rolled oats work best. Combine the oats with olive oil, local maple syrup and salt and bake. Then I add lots of seeds and a variety of nuts. I love walnuts but Carrie asked to leave them out of this batch. You can add whatever seeds and nuts you like. The biggest problem with homemade granola? I eat it by the handful, spoonful, by itself, on top of my yogurt, in a bowl with  non-dairy milk and fruit, breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacks in between. I have no willpower when it comes to granola!

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The bowl pictured above is from Coconut Bowls. Their bowls give me a warm, breezy tropical feel. Daisy too! 🙂 I’d love to hear all the ways you enjoy your granola and any fun combinations you’ve come up with. If you make this one, please let me know how you like it!

From the heart,
Shannon

Simple Healthy Granola

Ingredients
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (I highly recommend local oats if you can find them!)
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup pure maple syrup (Local is best!)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 to 2 tsp ground cinnamon (Adjust this amount or experiment with different spices like pumpkin pie spice, cardamom, ginger or anything that sounds good to you!)
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw walnut halves
1/2 cup raw pepitas
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup chia seeds
Optional: 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, oil, syrup, cinnamon and salt. Toss well to coat evenly. Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  3. Remove the baking sheet and stir in the almonds, walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and chia seeds. Bake, stirring halfway through to brown evenly, an additional 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely, then stir in the chocolate chunks.
  5. Store the granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Put some granola in a Mason jar as a cute gift idea! 🙂

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