I find most store-bought granolas and granola bars too sweet and too expensive. Why spend $10 for a small bag when you can easily make it yourself? The preparation is takes less than 5 minutes, you can control the sweetness and add any nuts, seeds and dried fruits you want. I like to add raisins but my boys wouldn’t eat it or fish them out. To make it gluten-free, use gluten-free oats, it should say in the package.
Simple Granola with Poppyseeds
- 4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup crushed almonds - or another nut
- 1 tablespoon Poppyseeds - optional
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup coconut oil, ghee or avocado oil
- ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract – optional
- Preheat the oven to 285ºF/165°C.
- Line a large baking tray with with baking paper. Put all the dry ingredients in it and toss them with your hands. Make sure the oats are coated with the wet ingredients. Spread the granola evenly on the tray and bake for 40 minutes or until the granola is tan, stirring every 15 minutes to allow the granola to bake evenly.
- Remove the tray from the oven and let the granola cool completely. Add the dried fruits and store in a jar, container or Ziploc bag. Shake to mix the granola.
- Eat with yogurt or nut-based yogurt and fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries. If the granola is not sweet enough for you, drizzle a little bit of honey or maple syrup into the yogurt bowl.