Breakfast can never come too soon in my book. And it’s never off limits as a meal… ANY time of the day. But in the early morning, while a fresh pot of French press dark is steeping, homemade granola is my go-to. Eat it plain, with coconut milk, or with a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey.
The lovely thing about making your own granola is that you can add in whatever flavors, dried fruits or nuts suit your fancy. Or substitute other oils in, like tahini (delish). This time though, it was pecans and cherries with a side-plate of coconut on my mind. But try this basic recipe for yourself and mix and match your faves. You just can’t go wrong.
Ingredients (makes a BIG batch):
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 2/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp pure almond extract
- 5 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup dried date pieces
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small saucepan, melt together coconut oil, honey and almond extract until combined, not boiling.
- In the meantime in a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, pecans, nutmeg and salt. Pour warm wet mixture over the dry and mix well.
- Spread in an even layer over a large baking sheet. Bake for about 35 minutes (or until golden), stirring about every 8-9 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, stirring occasionally. When fully cooled, add cherries and dried dates. Store in an airtight container.