I am a big granola fan and I really hate that it costs $4+ to buy granola-like cereal, then I just feel guilty eating it like I am consuming dollar bills with every bite. I went on a huge granola adventure last summer and came up with the ultimate healthy granola, but this is without a doubt the yummiest for me in a non-traditional way. Today I ate it for breakfast, lunch, and a little snack too:) I think this just might be my new favorite cereal. . . ever! Thanks to Erin at Sisterscafe.blogspot.com for the amazing recipe! This is the original recipe but I’ve put my changes in parenthesis.
Coconut and Cashew Granola
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds (I didn’t have any on hand, so I omitted this one)
1 cup cashews
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil
(I also put in about 3 Tbsp. honey)
3/4 tsp salt (my cashews were salted so I didn’t add this either)
1 cup raisins (I put in a tropical trail mix with dried bananas, pineapple, mangos, and dates, but I omit this if I put in the Qia with cranberries)
I love adding in chia seeds or about 1/2 cup of Qia (I got mine at Costco, but you can find it HERE) nom nom nom:)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine maple syrup, oil and salt (and honey). Combine both mixtures by slowly pouring the liquid over the oatmeal mixture and stirring well. Divide in half and pour onto two baking sheets, spreading out into an even layer on each sheet. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until golden. (I slightly stirred it about half way through cooking time) Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl, slightly breaking up the clumps. Add the raisins, or other goodies, gently into mix until evenly distributed.
Granola Revisited and Health-ified More (Big Batch)
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds
2 cups cashews
1 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4-1 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup raw honey
1 scoop (30grams) Vega Protein and Greens (Vanilla)
Mix it all up. Bake 250 degrees for 75 minutes.