Easier Than You Thought: Granola
Who doesn't love crunchy, sweet granola? It's the perfect topping for a parfait, ice cream, or on its own. I used to spend way too much money on overpriced "super food" granola at all the health stores until I realized how easy (and affordable!) it is to make at home. Not to mention how much sugar is usually added to granola when I buy it from the store! Most of these ingredients you probably already have, but if you don't, they are still fairly affordable and can be found at any grocery store.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp cinnamon
1-1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut shreds
Pumpkin seeds - I didn't provide a measurement so you can customize the amount to your liking
1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees, Fahrenheit. Place foil or parchment paper over a medium baking sheet to cover any of the metal. The mixture will be very sticky, and you don't want it to become glued to your baking sheet once it goes into the oven.
Combine the oats and other liquid ingredients into one large bowl, mixing together until each oat is covered. Then add the spices, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, or any other nuts. Occasionally, I will add unflavored pea protein powder, but very little. The nuts alone will provide substantial protein, however. Mix all these ingredients together until completely combined.
Spread a thin layer of the combined granola mixture across your baking sheet, making sure there are not too many large clumps. Cook for 20 minutes, but take the sheet out half way through and toss the granola to make sure it's evenly cooked and won't burn.
After the timer ends, remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool before placing into a container.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! It's super customizable - sometimes I add dried fruits or chocolate chips (these only after it's done baking). Making this at home is so easy, you'll probably never see the need to purchase store-made again.