Nothing beats homemade granola! Not only is it super easy to make, it is super customizable. When you make it yourself, you know exactly what is going into it! ( can’t always say the same for the store bought brands. )
So why would this granola make a tasty and healthy snack?
Well, the oats are already packed with fiber (they’re 100% whole grain!) , I added pumpkin seeds which contain nourishing zinc. Walnuts are full of omega-3’s. Figs, which are full of fiber and also contain calcium. Dates, for their sweetness and their surprising source of iron.
Coconut oil has the wonderful vitamins A and C, along with calcium and iron. I sweetened the granola with Madava Farm’s Crown Maple Syrup. Crown Maple Syrup is truly something special, along with its wonderful taste, its simply bursting with vitamins and minerals compared to other sweeteners. Maple syrup is full of antioxidants and is a low-glycemic sweetener! ( check it out! https://www.crownmaple.com/about-crown-maple/maple-nutrition )
As far as spices go, I added cinnamon which is wonderful for the metabolism. nutmeg , and a hint of allspice.
So, here’s the recipe!
Cinnamon Maple Granola
- 2 1/2 cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 4 dried figs
- 3 dried dates
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp ground vanilla
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 dash of allspice
Set oven to 250F. Dice figs and dates.
in a large bowl, mix rolled oats and coconut oil until fully covered. Add maple syrup. Then add pumpkin seeds, dates, walnuts, and figs. Then mix in the maple syrup. Add the ground vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Only a very small amount of allspice is needed, for it is a very strong spice.
Once everything is coated, spread evenly onto a nonstick baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Stir. Then bake for another 20 minutes.