I’ve had a hankering for homemade granola for quite sometime, so this evening I decided to dive right in. I searched Pinterest for recipes just to get a general idea of what kind of ingredients can be used to successfully make a batch of granola. I did not see a particular recipe that I liked enough to try, and most of them included ingredients that I didn’t have. So, I decided to wing it with what I did have in my pantry and see what happened. The result was a light and delicious granola that left me happily surprised! My main goal for this recipe was to make a versatile granola that could go with a handful of different snacks. I would love to share this recipe with you all and hope that you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 2 T Coconut Oil
- 2 1/2 T Coconut Sugar
- 1/4 cup Pecans
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 t cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt the coconut in the microwave for about 15 seconds. Mix in the coconut sugar and cinnamon. In a big bowl, combine rolled oats, pecans, and sugar mixture until the oats are visibly coated. Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment or foil and sprayed to prevent sticking. Cook in the oven for 8 minutes, shake up the granola and put it back in the oven for about 6-7 more minutes, or until golden. The granola will still be soft when you take it out of the oven, it hardens up as it cools. Enjoy with yogurt, fruit, or by itself!
195 calories per 1/4 cup serving
This was my first time baking with coconut sugar and I think it tastes delicious! It is 15 calories per tsp, which is about the same as table sugar. Coconut sugar is made from the sap of the coconut palm tree and has been found to contain some vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in it. It also contains a fiber called inulin which could help slow down glucose absorption in the blood. Coconut sugar is just a natural alternative sweetener as opposed to sugar, so that is why I chose it. You can substitute cane sugar or honey instead if that’s what you have at home, it won’t affect the calorie count very much if at all.
Granola is a great way to treat yourself because it satisfies sweet cravings, but it also contains fiber from the oats which is a major plus and little easier on the conscience. The key is to remember, all things in moderation! It is incredibly tempting to want to shovel in all of the granola as soon as it comes out of the oven 🙂
This would be a great breakfast, mid-afternoon snack or dessert! Enjoy 🙂
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