Homemade Maple Cranberry Granola

Thursday, February 4, 2016
I love granola, especially when it is homemade. This granola is chocked full of nuts and seeds. Full of healthy protein, fiber, omega-3 fats, vitamins and other nutrients. Homemade granola is super easy and fast to make. If you are a whole foods eater then you should have all of the ingredients in your pantry. The thing about granola is you can put just about any nut, seed, dried fruit or spice in it that you have on hand. It's very versatile and easy to make substitutions.

I love this granola because you can break it off into chunks. You definitely end up with some "crumbled" granola, but I love to be able to just grab some chucks and munch away! Granola is so good to just snack on alone or my second favorite thing to do with it, top yogurt with it. You can eat granola like cereal with a little milk of your choice, top your overnight oats with it, top your hot oatmeal with it or make homemade Lara Bars with it (recipe coming soon). So many things you can do with granola.

This is an array of nuts and seeds that I like to put in granola. Love the pepita seeds (green pumpkin seeds). They pack a whallop of fiber, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, zinc and iron.

Like I said, so easy to make. Just put all the dry ingredients into a bowl.

Add the wet ingredients and stir! Trust me, you will want to eat spoonfuls before you even bake it!

Spread it out on a parchment paper lined pan. (Don't forget the parchment paper....trust me). You will love the aroma that fills your house as you bake this.

When it's done, let it cool....if you can resist not eating it hot.....and break into chucks.

You can freeze it for a couple of months or keep it in a sealed container for a couple of weeks. It won't last a couple of weeks though, it's that good! This jar is a birthday present for a friend.

Dash of Wisdom: Go ahead and make your own granola. It will be better and cheaper than store bought and much healthier.

Homemade Maple Cranberry Granola

1/2 cup almond flour/meal or grind oats to meal
1/2 cup almonds chopped
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup dried fruit - chopped (I used cranberries)
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
1/2 cup pepita seeds
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup mixed with hemp heart seeds and sesame seeds
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
2 tsp. cinnamon - rounded
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil - melted
2 tsp. vanilla extract
*if you don't have all the different nuts and seeds then just add more of what you have

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla and stir well. Pour mixture onto parchment paper lined sheet pan and spread with spatula. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

This granola recipe is my adaptation of Angela Liddon's ultimate nutty granola clusters at ohsheglows.com. My favorite vegan blogger.

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