My homemade granola base recipe

INGREDIENTS

4 cups old fashioned oats

1 tsp cinnamon (or more)

½ tsp salt (I used sea salt)

1 cup of any nut/nut combination

5 TBSP melted coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup honey (or real maple syrup, agave nectar)

3 egg whites, lightly beaten

OPTIONAL:

1/4-1/2 cup coconut flakes

1-2 cups dried fruit (dried cranberries, raisins, etc.)

½-1 cup baking chips (dark, milk, semi-sweet, white chocolate or peanut butter or butterscotch)

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 300F

Step 1: Mix together dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, salt, nuts, coconut flakes) then add the melted coconut oil and mix really well until everything is coated.

Step 2: Separately, mix together wet ingredients (honey, egg whites, vanilla) until it’s all combined into a syrupy liquid.

Step 3: Mix the two sets of ingredients together.

Step 4: Place a piece of parchment paper over a large baking sheet. Place coffee mug in the center to hold the paper still and to ensure none of the mixture in the middle of the pain to avoid burning the granola. Place one big spoonful of the mixture in each of the corners of the pan. In a circular manner, put spoonful after spoonful of the mixture on the pan ensuring none gets on or around the coffee mug.

Step 5: Once the entire mixture is on the baking sheet, press it down with the back of the spoon. Remove coffee mug from center and push away any little pieces of the mixture out of the middle of the baking sheet.

Step 6: Put baking sheet in the oven for 15-20 minutes (depending on your oven), take it out, stir everything around, press it back down (still avoiding the middle of the pan) and put back in the oven for additional 20-25 minutes) or until it starts to get golden around the edges (see Step 6 picture). Take out of the oven and let it cool.

Step 7: Now, for the finishing (optional) touches…the dried fruit and baking chips! This step isn’t necessary so feel free to leave these out entirely. Sometimes I mix combinations of dried fruit and baking chips after the granola is baked and other times I leave it out to allow for more options.

Then just put it in a sealed container or ration it out for friends and family (sharing is caring, after all). And…enjoy!

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