A couple of years ago, I stopped buying processed foods. Since then I have often missed cereal. So, when I get a craving for something crunchy with a bit of milk, I make granola. It’s easy to make and has so many possibilities. This version was born of my daughter’s newest love from Costco – Kirkland brand Organic Nuts and Fruit mix. It has almonds, cashews, dried blueberries and cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. While I whipped up this batch on Saturday, my daughter did some experimenting of her own. Homemade Ritz crackers with cheese and peanut butter. I will not be blogging about that one, but she swore it was delicious.
4 cups of old fashioned oats
2 cups of nut and fruit mix, chopped
1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon (sometimes I also throw in a little nutmeg)
½ cup oil (I used coconut and olive, but usually just use coconut)
1/3 – ½ cup honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first four ingredients in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients and stir until combined. Spread in thin layer on a baking sheet. You may need two depending on size (I usually do). Just don’t spread it too thin, or it will burn on the edges. Bake for 10 minutes and then add in the coconut and stir. Bake for another 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely until transferring to a storage container.
Joli Heavin is a professional fundraiser and grant writer who works for Children's Bureau. In her spare time, Joli enjoys running, reading, and cooking. She is a lover of all things art and was once a classically trained singer and actress, but now primarily enjoys her roles as Clare's mom and Matt's wife.