Grains: 3 cups rolled oats
Nuts/Seeds: 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, 1 cup nuts (almonds, mac nuts, walnuts)
Dressing: 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup of brown rice syrup/maple syrup/honey
Fruit: 11/2 cups dried fruit (chopped pineapple, cranberries, blueberries, golden raisins, papaya, candied ginger)
Salt: Sprinkle coarse sea salt (up to 1/2 teaspoon) over the mixture before baking
Optional: flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut flakes, chocolate chips
Mix grains, nuts, and dressing in a bowl. Put mixture on baking sheet bake at 300°F for 30 minutes (stirring occasionally), cool, stir in dried fruit. Add optional items.
Some Helpful Tips:
I like to use a mixture of coconut butter and coconut oil. It is a natural and vegan source of fat. I don’t like canola oil and try not use soy-based margarine. Also, I add the flax seeds after the granola has cooked and cooled. Cooked flax seeds basically have no Omega 3 value as heat destroys the fatty acid structure. You could process the flax seeds in a spice grinder to get more benefit from them.
This granola would be gluten-free if you buy oats labeled as gluten-free (they are processed in gluten-free facilities). You can find natural dried fruits and candied ginger without sulfites at natural food stores.
My favorite candied ginger brands are: The Ginger People and Reed’s.
I like to eat my granola with unsweetened almond or hemp milk.
Have fun making granola and I recommend making double or triple as it will be a hit. Your kids will ask why they didn’t get a granola gift too.
Warm Wishes & Happy Holidays!