As most of you know by a few of my recent posts, my son has been very interested in helping in the kitchen and I have found that to be a great way to get him interested in trying new things. One of our latest projects was trying to create a healthy item for breakfast. I always try and make sure that he gets a good balance of protein and fiber, but recently, he decided he doesn’t want oatmeal and only likes to eat his yogurt. So…..taking a cue from his love for raisins and other dried fruits, I decided to that we would dable with a few other oatmeal recipes and try making our own granola! Granola is basically toasted oats and it can be made with any additions you prefer. Trying subbing walnuts for the almonds, adding dried apricots, or if you don’t like coconut, leave it out. It’s really up to you! Here is the blend we like because it’s not too sweet and has all of the chewy fruit my son loves and a touch of the tropics with the coconut that I love! We eat it over plain greek yogurt drizzled with a little honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
Good Morning Granola
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 2 tsp cinnamon, ground
- 1 tsp ginger, ground
- 1/4 tsp iodized salt
- 5 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/3 cup agave nectar (or honey)
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In medium bowl, combine oats, nuts, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Toss until well combined. In coffee mug, combine coconut oil and agave. Microwave for 30 seconds or until coconut oil is melted. Whisk mixture together and pour over oat mixture. Stir until all oats and nuts are evenly coated. Spread mixture onto baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until a light golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in dried fruits and flax. Let cool completely and store in air tight container. Enjoy!