Granola has been something that I have been wanting to make for quite a while. This week I finally did.
So many different ingredient combinations possible for granola. I kept it pretty simple for my first time. It turned out great and I can’t wait to try more variations.
I used coconut oil as the fat here because it stands up well to the heat of the oven. I used maple syrup as a sweetener. Only a 1/4 cup of each.
It is nice to make your own granola because you know exactly what is in it. You get to decide how much sugar and fat go into it. Not to mention the lack of any ingredients you don’t know how to pronounce.
I used hemp seeds in this granola. For those of you who don’t know about hemp products you should check them out. Hemp is high in protein and contains all of the essential amino acids. It is also a good source of fibre and essential fatty acids.
Hemp seeds can be added to cereal, smoothies, salads, stir-frys and much more. The possibilities are endless. Other hemp foods available are hemp oil and hemp protein powder.
If you have never made homemade granola I suggest you give it a try. I can attest to the fact that it is very easy to make and delicious to eat. It takes a while to cook in the oven but only 5 minutes to prepare, which means you can do something productive or fun while you wait for your granola to be ready.
Granola is delicious dry as a snack. I couldn’t stop eating it as I was putting it away.
Obviously it can be served with your milk of choice and is especially delicious topped with fresh fruit. Enjoy.
Let me know what you like in your granola!
Almond and Hemp Seed Granola
2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup hulled hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
1/2 cup currants (or other dried fruit such as cranberries)
1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
Preheat oven to 300F.
In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, hemp seeds, currants and salt. Mix.
Heat the coconut oil and maple syrup in a small saucepan on low for a couple minutes until warm.
Pour the oil and syrup mixture into the bowl and mix until everything is coated. Approximately 30 seconds.
Spread the mixture out evenly across 2 baking sheets and bake for 35-40 minutes, mixing a few times throughout.
Remove from oven, mix everything around one last time, and let cool. Store at room temperature in an air tight container.
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