maple cOcOnut granOla

AuthorHeather WallaceCategoryDifficultyBeginner

My grandmother holds a very special place in my heart.

Most of my happy memories from childhood involve my grandfather, who recently passed away, and my grandmother in one way or another. I spent a lot of time in my grandmother's kitchen, especially since we lived right next door. I could walk a mere twenty feet and arrive at her doorstep. Grams is an amazing cook and I learned a lot from her over the years and still treasure sharing recipes with her to this day even though I live a bit farther away now. 

She used to make a homemade granola that she baked in the oven with sunflower seeds, oats, nuts, and raisins that was so simple but incredibly delicious. It's not a recipe that she still has because it was one that she came up with herself and didn't write down. I was too young to think of getting the recipe from her at the time but I've never forgotten the taste, and I crave it still to this day. Those types of dishes are the best, the ones made out of love that you just create as you go.

Over the years as I got older I've tried all different granola that you can buy from the store, recipes with ingredients that are similar to what I remember being in my grandmother's creation...and not one has come close, until now!

I stumbled upon a recipe from Dang who makes toasted coconut chips that uses coconut oil in the recipe and the taste was so close to what I remember that I made three batches in a row of the granola. The taste reminds me of... sitting at grandma's house in the plush kitchen chairs that are on wheels that roll away because the floor is uneven, and the table comes to my armpits because I'm so little so I have to sit on my legs to be taller. How my grandma would pour me a bowl of her granola and a splash of milk over the top, and I would eat it from a large spoon and crunch away as I smiled at my grandmother's sparkling deep brown eyes. That is where this recipe takes me to and I love it!

I don't know about you but my favorite recipes are the ones that take me back to a beautiful memory.

Give this a try and let me know how you like it! This granola is so versatile, you can eat it alone as a snack, with milk or yogurt for breakfast, on ice cream for dessert, or any other way you can think of. The possibilities are endless, and you can also try it with different dried fruits such as cranberries, blueberries or apricots. Change it up and enjoy making your own memories from it.

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time40 mins

 ½ cup White sugar
 1 1/2-2 teaspoons Un-sulfured molasses
 4 cups Old-fashioned rolled oats
 ½ cup Sliced almonds
 ½ cup Coarsely chopped pecans
  cup Unsalted pumpkin seeds
  cup Unsalted sunflower seeds
 ½ cup Pure maple syrup
 ½ cup Water
 ¼ cup Melted coconut oil
 ½ cup Dried cherries
 ½ cup Raisins
 1 cup Toasted coconut chips

Combine Dry Ingredients
1

Place 1/2 cup of white sugar in a small bowl and pour 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of unsulfured molasses evenly on top. Stir with a spoon until combined pressing the molasses into the sugar with the back of the spoon, and no large clumps of molasses remain.

2

In a large bowl combine 4 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, 1/3 cup of unsalted pumpkin seeds, and 1/3 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds. Add in the brown sugar and stir. Set aside.

Mix Well . . .
3

In a medium bowl combine 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and pour over the oat mixture; stir until well combined.

4

Spread evenly onto a large rimmed baking sheet.

Bake . . .
5

Bake at 350° for 35 minutes without stirring until oats and nuts are golden and crispy. If oats and nuts are not golden and crispy you can bake for an additional 5 minutes if needed, but be sure the oats don't start to burn.

Stir in 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup raisins, and 1 cup of toasted coconut chips.

6

Let cool completely before storing.

Ingredients

 ½ cup White sugar
 1 1/2-2 teaspoons Un-sulfured molasses
 4 cups Old-fashioned rolled oats
 ½ cup Sliced almonds
 ½ cup Coarsely chopped pecans
  cup Unsalted pumpkin seeds
  cup Unsalted sunflower seeds
 ½ cup Pure maple syrup
 ½ cup Water
 ¼ cup Melted coconut oil
 ½ cup Dried cherries
 ½ cup Raisins
 1 cup Toasted coconut chips

Directions

Combine Dry Ingredients
1

Place 1/2 cup of white sugar in a small bowl and pour 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of unsulfured molasses evenly on top. Stir with a spoon until combined pressing the molasses into the sugar with the back of the spoon, and no large clumps of molasses remain.

2

In a large bowl combine 4 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 cup of sliced almonds, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans, 1/3 cup of unsalted pumpkin seeds, and 1/3 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds. Add in the brown sugar and stir. Set aside.

Mix Well . . .
3

In a medium bowl combine 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup, 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil and pour over the oat mixture; stir until well combined.

4

Spread evenly onto a large rimmed baking sheet.

Bake . . .
5

Bake at 350° for 35 minutes without stirring until oats and nuts are golden and crispy. If oats and nuts are not golden and crispy you can bake for an additional 5 minutes if needed, but be sure the oats don't start to burn.

Stir in 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup raisins, and 1 cup of toasted coconut chips.

6

Let cool completely before storing.

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