Homemade Coco-Nutty Granola

I love granola.  It is fabulous on top of Greek yogurt for a hearty snack or even for a quick breakfast meal.  Granola is rich in calories so should be enjoyed in moderation.  My daughter Chelsea loves my homemade granola so I try to make a batch for her to take to NYC when she’s at college.

Homemade granola makes a nice gift too.  It is easy to make and most people enjoy homemade treats, right?

I love any type of nut or seed so I add a lot to my granola. Today, I added pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans and almonds.  Nuts and seeds are a rich source of fiber and magnesium; very heart healthy.

Making granola is easy because the ingredients are all mixed in one large bowl.I like to use coconut oil in my granola.  It adds a nice coconut flavor.

 Look how good this granola looks…

I added a bit of orange zest to the granola, just enough to infuse a little orange-y flavor. YUM!

If gifting your granola, jazz it up with a handmade tag and yarn–so…easy and so cute!

Homemade Coco-Nutty Granola

Ingredients

  • Yield: 6 cups (FODMAP limit =1/4 cup; use as topping on lactose free yogurt)
  • 4 ½ cups Wessex Ltd. 5 grain cereal or old-fashioned oats (FODMAPers use old fashioned oats)
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup almonds, sliced
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1/3 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil at room temperature
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients and fold to blend.
  4. Place granola mixture on cookie sheet and place in preheated oven.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour, stirring about every 15 minutes until lightly brown.
http://blog.katescarlata.com/2011/07/11/homemade-granola/

What’s your favorite food gift to give?