Friday, February 4, 2011

Coconut Almond Granola


My favorite granola is (hands-down) from a Chicago-based restaurant, Milk & Honey. I’ve tried various muesli and granola from all places, but nothing has made me fall in love with granola until I first tasted Milk & Honey. Their granola has the perfect amount of crunch and flavorings, and they are relatively healthy as well. I CRAVE this granola, and when I place an order from them, I have to literally ration myself how much granola I can eat daily- or else 1 bag will be gone in 1 day.

I’ve been on the hunt for some homemade versions (I’ve made some previously, but none blog-worthy), and I was so happy to find this recipe. This granola was the closet alternative, and much more cost-effective. It possesses the perfect crunch, texture, flavors, and I love knowing what I’m putting in it. The ginger flavor was prominent when I first tasted it out of the oven, but it mellowed out as it cooled down. When I first removed it from the oven, it didn’t seem dry, but it will dry out once it cools. Although this is still my favorite granola, I still love this deliciously nutty, crunchy granola sweetened with maple syrup.

Coconut Almond Granola

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of oats
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
  • 1/4 cup almond slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • a dash or two of nutmeg and ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil*, melted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Directions:
1. Mix everything together in a large bowl and bake at 300º F for 30-45 minutes. (I baked mine for the full 45 minutes.)

* Coconut oil- I would recommend you use a virgin/extra virgin, organic coconut oil. You can find this in the natural section of your grocery store, Trader Joe's, or in bulk at Costco.

Yield: 6 servings (1/2 cup each)

Source: Originally from The Vegster, As seen on Prevention RD

3 comments:

USA Kiwi said...

oh good! you got it!
I just sent you a PM on the nest, about the print friendly button.
:)

Nicole, RD said...

I saw your BU on TN and I thought, "I've got to check that out!" Of course, it sounded delicious ;) This is my favorite granola recipe, too! YUM!

Sara said...

USA Kiwi- Just replied to your PM. Thanks again for your help!

Nicole RD- It's a fantastic recipe. I'm posting another (which is probably my favorite) granola recipe on Monday. But I make these granolas, and we both love it.

 
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