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Here, I will be blogging about healthy eats: recipes and restaurant reviews (organic, wholesome and delicious), my fashion interests and life’s happenings around my beloved city of Boston and all things in between.
For my first post, I will be bringing you something very easy, organic, and delicious! All you need is 20 minutes and the following ingredients!
ORGANICALLY SWEET HOMEMADE GRANOLA
First we want to pre-heat our oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups rolled oats (I used organic, wheat free and dairy free oats), 1/4 cup organic raisins and sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup sliced almonds.
I chose to use all organic items, however, you may use whichever nuts, seeds and dry fruit you would like. Some other options could be: pumpkin seeds, walnuts or dates.
In a small sauce pan, combine: 3 tablespoons of organic maple syrup (I used organic grade A maple syrup in dark amber) and 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil.
Most of the recipes I found used canola oil or vegetable oil, but I decided on a better option.
Coconut oil is a great alternative because it has wholesome and beneficial fatty acids, is heart healthy and boosts your immune system.
You can also add a pinch or two of salt and a dash of cinnamon for extra flavor if you’d like, but it isn’t mandatory.
Let the liquid mixture boil for about 5 minutes (or until the coconut oil melts into the mixture), while stirring continuously.
Combine the liquid mixture to your dry ingredients and stir them all together.
In a baking dish lined with parchment paper, add your granola while evenly spreading it out in the dish. This will allow the whole thing to crisp up nicely. As an added punch of flavor, I added a few dashes of cinnamon on top.
Pop it into our pre-heated oven for about 10 minutes. Take it out of the oven to give it a quick stir. We want to make sure all of the granola is cooking evenly and that the top isn’t burning. (you will also notice that your raisins have puffed up. Do not panic, the sweet flavors are activating within them!)
Allow the granola to cook for another 10 minutes and then remove from the oven. Set it aside and let it cool. (you will see that the raisins have shriveled back up to it’s normal, pruney raisin state)
Then once cooled down, you can add it to your container of choice. I put mine in a mason jar.
You can use your healthy and wholesome granola as a cereal for your home-made Almond milk (recipe coming soon!), or on top of yogurt. You can even snack on it all by itself!
I hope you enjoyed this quick, easy and healthfully delicious recipe! Please check back for more upcoming recipes!
Next up: Home made Almond Milk.