Homemade Granola {aka yummy}

In the next few weeks, we will embark on an 8-hour road trip with a 16-month-old and a Great Dane. I’m not sure which “child” will cause us more stress, but I do know I will be taking lots of snacks to keep everyone happy {hopefully}.

One of my and Prince Charming’s favorite snacks is homemade granola. If you have never had homemade granola, I promise you are missing out on deliciousness. I also promise that once you have tasted this homemade granola, you will never again be satisfied with store-bought granola.

I originally found this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Passionate Homemaking. I have tweaked the original recipe a bit.

What you’ll need:

4 c rolled oats
3/4 c extra virgin coconut oil, melted {available at any health food store}
1/2 c butter, melted
1/2 c raw honey
1/2 c brown sugar
1 t salt
4 t cinnamon
2 t vanilla extract
1 c shredded coconut
1/2 c pumpkin seeds {raw, unsalted}
1/2 c sunflower seeds {raw, unsalted}
1/2 c sliced almonds

What you’ll do:

Preheat your oven to 200°. Pour all of the dry ingredients, except for brown sugar and cinnamon, in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the liquid ingredients, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour the liquid ingredient mixture on top of the dry ingredients and stir until dry ingredients are evenly moist.

Pour granola into a flat baking sheet with sides and bake at 200° for 2 hours. Turn oven off and allow granola to cool down with the oven.

I hope you enjoy your granola as much as Prince Charming and Sleeping Beauty do!

And PS – Not only does it make an excellent and healthy snack, but it is also delicious as a cereal with cold milk.

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