One of my favorite breakfasts, especially in the summer, is fresh berries with organic yogurt and granola. Store bought granola is often high in refined sugar, contains highly processed oils, and has preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients.
Making granola at home is super easy and quick – plus it tastes so much better than anything you could buy at the store!
Here is one of my favorite granola recipes, but get creative by adding different spices, nuts and dried fruits to suit your tastes!
2 cups whole rolled oats (aka old fashion oats)*
1 cup almonds or walnuts
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup dry fruit, chopped (cherries and mango are great)
6 T raw honey
2 T coconut oil
½ teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract
Preheat the oven to 300 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (no sticking and easy clean up!)
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Heat honey, coconut oil and vanilla in a small saucepan over low heat, whisk to combine, then pour over oat mixture and stir until well coated.
Spread mixture into thin layer onto baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Cool completely, and store in an airtight container.
Serve with fresh yogurt** and fresh berries – or just enjoy plain!
*Oats are gluten-free by nature but most are held in facilities that contain gluten. Check the package label if you are concerned with any gluten content.
**If eating with yogurt –watch out for sugar content: usually the non-fat and flavored have excess sugar. I always choose organic, plain yogurt (buying fresh from the farmer’s market is great idea) and add a bit of honey or maple syrup to sweeten myself.