Homemade Granola

Mmm I’m missing me some homemade granola, my favorite weekend climbing breakfast! Granola makes a quick breakfast that provides long-lasting energy with fiber, healthy fats, and carbs. Assembling a large batch of granola at home is super easy, quick, and cheaper from buying it from the store. The recipe below is impossible to mess up!
After you have made granola a few times, you can start making it from taste instead of a recipe. Like it sweeter? Add more honey or maple syrup. What your granola to be be salty AND sweet? Add some sea salt. Like dried fruit, or certain types of nuts? Throw them in! Follow this basic recipe and dare to tweak it over time:
  • 5 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (or substitute almonds, walnuts, trail mix, mixed nuts, etc.)
  • 1/2 maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (or other oil. Both olive oil and canola oil work well too)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Pre-heat oven to 320. Put the oatmeal and pecans in a mixing bowl. Add melted coconut oil, melted honey, cinnamon, and salt. Stir everything together until all the oatmeal is coated. Add the raisins or cranberries if you want those too. Spread the mixture evenly on a cooking tray and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes. Give the granola a stir after 10-15 minutes. Turn off the oven and let it cool. 
Eat the granola with the milk of your choice, and store the rest in air tight containers 2-3 weeks…if it will last that long! Non-refrigerated containers of soy milk work well for a few days of camping.

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