Crunchy, Sweetened lightly & the perfect make ahead breakfast or snack!
This easy to make and crazy delicious Superfood “Nola” is packed full of breakfast power foods including almonds, cashews, chia seeds, and much more! Start your morning off right by topping your Greek yogurt with a spoonful of this granola or throw a handful in a container to munch on later in the day!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dried cherries or dried fruit of choice
- 1/4 cup cacao nibs optional
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients over top dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Pour granola onto the lined baking sheet and spread evenly.
- Bake until golden brown, approximately 25-30 minutes. Stir halfway.
- Let granola cool completely on the baking sheet. Stir in dried fruit and cacao nibs for added sweetness and texture, if preferred.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
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Why We Love Granola!
- The CRUNCH! Granola is a must for all those people out there who need crunch throughout the day. As much as I love veggies, raw veggies sometimes just don’t satisfy a crunch craving.
- The perfect mixture of salty and sweet. Granola is a favorite because it can contain BOTH salty and sweet ingredients. Although this recipe is mostly sweet ingredients, the small addition of salt makes a huge difference.
- The simplicity. I love granola recipes that are made up of just oats, nuts, seeds, and a little sweetness. With this being a superfood recipe, we have added some extra ingredients to make it more nutrient dense and give you a boost of energy throughout the day!
- The variety. Granola can be used in SO many different ways, usually as a topping or what I call a “sprinkle”. Here are some fan favorites:
- The Classic: Greek yogurt + fruit + granola sprinkle
- The Beverage: Smoothie + granola sprinkle
- The Warmth: Oatmeal + granola sprinkle
- The Crunch: Sliced apple + drizzle of peanut butter + granola sprinkle
Get Creative- Make Granola your own!
Oats – Although oats are my personal favorite addition to help soak up the flavor and provide fiber, if you’re looking for an alternative, try one of the grains below. You can also omit to make a grain-free granola.
- Cooked quinoa
- Quinoa flakes
- Puffed rice cereal
Nuts + Seeds – These provide the extra crunch that most people love, while also providing healthy fats, protein, and fiber to help keep you full. Chop them up or leave them whole! We used almonds, cashews, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds, but see below for a ton of additional combos!
- Macadamia nuts
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Hemp seeds
Dried Fruit – We used dried cherries in this recipe, but feel free to use your favorite or omit for less sugar. We tend to add the dried fruit at the end to keep them from getting too hard and chewy.
- Dried apricots
- Banana chips
- Dried mangos
- Dried apples
- Dried cranberries
- Dried blueberries
Sweeteners – Although we want to try to keep the sugar low, it is a must in granola to help with flavor and texture. Get creative and remember that a little bit goes a long way! We used honey, but some additional options include:
- Maple syrup
- Agave syrup
- Monk fruit syrup
Healthy Fats – This is what mostly binds the granola together and helps make it crisp! This recipe uses a mixture of coconut oil and almond butter. There are so many options when it comes to oils, so feel free to use what you have on hand or your favorite!
- Avocado oil
- Olive oil
- Walnut oil
- Macadamia nut oil
- Peanut butter
- Cashew butter
- Sunflower butter
Spices – This is where the flavor is! We kept it simple and just added cinnamon and salt to this recipe, but you could spice it up by doing your own combination using the spices below:
- Cocoa powder
I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU TRY IT!
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