Gratifying Granola

Gratifying Granola

These granola squares are awesome tasting and shelf-stable at room temperature. They do get a little soft when warm, so I keep them in the fridge or freezer to keep them in one nice chunk. We have taken them on road trips and we just made sure to catch all the falling pieces so none went to waste! For this reason, when I make a batch, I chop them into squares, wrap them in plastic wrap in desired serving sizes (4 bars for Chris and I), and pop them in the freezer until we want a snack.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of assorted nuts and seeds (I used a combination of sliced almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, and pecans)
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
Wet ingredients Dry ingredients

Directions:

  1. Place a piece of parchment paper in a 9x13 baking dish, set aside
  2. Preheat oven to 300 F
  3. Over low to medium heat, melt coconut oil
  4. Add honey, almond butter, and vanilla extract to the melted coconut oil, set aside to cool
  5. Pour assorted nuts and seeds into a large mixing bowl and combine
  6. In a food processor, roughly chop all nuts (keep some of the nuts fairly large at this point)
  7. Separate out one cup of the roughly chopped nuts and set them aside
  8. Continue to process the rest of the nuts until they are desired size (granola size)
  9. Combine all the nuts, the shredded coconut, sea salt, cinnamon, and coconut oil mixture
  10. Mix well to coat all the nuts and shredded coconut with the coconut oil mixture
  11. Transfer the granola mixture to the parchment paper lined baking dish, smooth the granola out evenly over the dish with a spoon, spatula, or clean hands
  12. Bake for 20 minutes, remove, and allow to cool
  13. When cool, transfer entire dish to the refrigerator for at least an hour (or overnight)
  14. When cold, cut the granola into sizes of your choice and eat or store for later enjoyment

I am not promoting any specific brands or stores, but I do want to share where I was able to find these ingredients. When we first started eating a whole food diet, we had a hard time sourcing reliable ingredients.

Try to source nuts that do not contain other oils or additives. The ingredients should just list the nut. I get bulk almonds, almond slices, walnuts, and pecans from Costco. I get the sesame seeds from Wegmans.

I get Wegmans brand organic almond butter from Wegmans and Carrington Farms brand organic extra virgin coconut oil from Costco (this is the cheapest I can find locally). I get Let’s Do Organic Shredded Unsweetened Coconut from Amazon. And I get local raw wildflower honey from my back yard (wink).

ENJOY!

Finished granola squares
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