Granola is one of those things we’re all willing to spend big bucks for. I know I’m guilty. The thing is, it is SO quick, easy, and inexpensive to make. The ability to leave out all of the artificial preservatives doesn’t hurt either.
The add-ins to granola are unlimited: coconut, dried fruit, nut butters, nuts, etc. I always keep oats around as a base. Then, I’ll throw in whatever else I have one hand (shocker) or whatever sounds good in the bulk section of the co-op down the street.
Most recently, I made a batch of maple almond granola. Maple and almond are the perfect combination! Here’s how I did it.
2 cups oats
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (It makes everything taste like fall!)
1/3 cup almond butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
Set your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the oats, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Melt the almond butter until just melted (for about 30 seconds in the microwave) and then stir in the maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice.
Pour the wet mixture over the oat mixture and mix until evenly combined.
Spread the mix onto a pan covered with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. The granola will still be slightly soft when you remove it from the oven, but let it cool and it will become perfectly crunchy. Once cooled, add mix-ins such as raisins, dried cranberries, or roasted nuts.
*Now try to not eat it all in one sitting.