Homemade Granola!

Had I known all these years how incredibly easy granola is to make I would've started making it years ago. All it takes is a little creativity and a few healthy ingredients and you will be on your way to solely munching on homemade granola from here on out - trust me. 

I like to eat small handfuls of granola either as a snack between meals,  in the morning w/ some unsweetened almond milk and sliced banana or fresh berries or even as a dessert w/ some dark chocolate.

Another bonus to this recipe is that it will leave your house smelling delicious while its baking. This year I also decided to spread love through food and give some of my homemade granola as Christmas gifts. It was not only easy and affordable but always adds a nice personal touch rather than just buying something for the sake of buying something. 

Okay let's get to it. How to make this yummy snack...

What you need:

2 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats

1 1/3 cup of almonds either slivered or you can roughly chop your own (sometimes i'll combine 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts to switch it up as pictured above)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

pinch of salt

1/2 cup of Pure Maple Syrup *I usually use a little bit less than 1/2 cup b/c I prefer them less sweet

1/4 cup melted Coconut Oil

1 tablespoon Vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine all ingredients thoroughly in a bowl mixing all dry ingredients first and then incorporating all wet ingredients and coating everything evenly.  Then spread the mixture onto parchment paper over a baking sheet. Bake on 300 for 45 minutes - mixing the granola with a spoon every 15 minutes so that everything cooks evenly. After 45 minutes take them out of the oven and let them cool completely so that everything dries and becomes crunchy. Then grab a handful and enjoy.

*You can also add/omit anything that suits your taste buds.(after the granola has fully cooled) You can play around with adding unsweetened dried fruits, dark chocolate chips, or other kinds of nuts...the possibilities are endless so get creative!