with milk!

What is your go-to breakfast? I love eggs, but a close second is Greek yogurt topped with granola. I used to buy granola all the time, but after learning how easy it is to make it, I haven’t bought any in a while.

ingredients coconut oil is solid mix to bake

Granola is customizable to suit your own tastes. Below are two recipes that I’ve recently made to give you an idea of what you can include. The main components are oats, nuts, sweetener (honey, maple syrup, etc.), oil, and dried fruit. The directions are the same for both recipes. Feel free to experiment and find your own favorite combination.

apple cinnamon goodness

apple cinnamon granola
printer-friendly recipe
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted) or canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2-3/4 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberry, cherries, etc.)

nuts and seeds

nuts and seeds granola
printer-friendly recipe
1/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped coarse or left whole
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3 tablespoons coconut oil (melted) or canola oil
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2-3/4 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberry, cherries, etc.)

Pre-heat the oven to 325°F. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl except the dried fruit. Spread evenly on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 40-60 minutes, checking every 15-20 minutes and stirring everything around. Once it is golden brown and looking delicious, take it out of the oven and let the granola cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes, and then stir in the dried fruit. The granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Do not add the dried fruit to the granola BEFORE baking. This is a rookie mistake and results in hard, inedible fruit once baked and cooled. Be sure to wait to add the fruit AFTER you’ve baked the granola. Your jaw and sanity will thank you…

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