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Nancy’s Granola

Nancy’s Granola

I love making granola. There’s something really comforting about warm granola right out of the oven with milk poured over it (I like almond or coconut milk). I also like to give it to my friends as a gift, everyone likes something homemade, that’s also healthy.

This recipe is easy to make, feel free to remove or add any ingredients you like. You really can’t go wrong.

4 cups of gluten free organic old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
1 1/3 cups of flaked or shredded coconut (I use unsweetened)
1/4 cup maple syrup (leave out if you’re not eating sugar)
3/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped pecans or whole hazelnuts
3/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup flax seeds (these are optional, but I love them & they’re great for your digestion)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup safflower or sunflower oil, or any light oil you like
3/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup dried organic cherries
1/3 cup dried organic cranberries
1/2 cup organic raisins (you can use more raisins if you don’t have cherries or cranberries)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Combine the oats, coconut, nuts and sunflower seeds in a large bowl or a big pan (I use my big turkey roasting pan). Stir well. Add the cinnamon and stir.

In a small bowl or large measuring cup whisk together the oil, water, vanilla and maple syrup (is using), until they’re well integrated. Pour this mixture over your dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Spread the mixture in a large pan with sides. I mix everything in my large pan so there’s less to clean up.

Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring every 20-30 minutes. If you like extra crunchy granola, turn off the oven and let it sit for 15 extra minutes. Remove from the oven and add in your dried fruit and flax seeds. Let cool before storing in an airtight container. W

Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks. You can also put it in the fridge or freeze it.

Note: you can leave out the dried fruit for a simpler granola with less sugar.


Nancy is a Certified Health Coach and loves to cook healthy, delicious food for her friends and family.