My father loves granola. At any given time if you were to look in my parents’ pantry you would find at least 5 bags of ‘fancy’ granola. I think my dad may have it every morning for breakfast. Therefore, I thought it would be a fun gift to make him granola for Father’s Day. I thought of some of the things that I know he likes: almonds, cherries, coconut, and went from there. I also wanted to try to make it somewhat heart healthier by not adding tons of sugar. The granola was fun to make…and this is what I came up with.
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid…so I had to quickly melt it)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
- 3/4 cup chopped raw almonds
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
- 1 cup chopped dried cherries (fruit juice sweetened)
Put oven at 300F. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except the cherries. The cherries you will mix in after you bake the granola.
After the ingredients are mixed well and everything is evenly coated, spread the granola out on a large baking sheet. Spread it evenly.
Bake around 30 minutes or until nice and golden, stirring about every 10 minutes and then evenly spreading them out again. I put my granola in for closer to 35 minutes because we like it more crunchy than chewy.
When done, let it cool, and then mix in the cherries. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!!!!
Do you have a favorite home-made granola? Please share!!!!