Homemade Fruit and Nut Granola could not be easier to make using this simple recipe. A healthy mix of oats, cranberries, sunflower seeds, coconut and cashews are splashed with a maple syrup mixture, then baked to crispy perfection. Great as a family-friendly breakfast or snack and easy to customize!
I am not much of a cereal person, but let me spy homemade granola in the cupboard and IT IS ON! I like to make my own because some store-bought granola is so loaded with fat and calories that it’s considered fattening, not healthy. Again, I am not a nutritionist but at least with this homemade recipe I know exactly what’s going into it, so I can keep it low-sugar and fat, but still totally delicious. I know, I could omit the nuts and seeds, but I have always heard that including nuts in your diet is the best option to lead a healthy lifestyle, so they stay in. If you like, use almonds instead of cashews to reduce the fat and calories a little.
Rolled oats, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and roasted cashews are just the beginning! After I stir this up, I add the coconut and stir gently.
It’s starting to look a lot like granola!
YUM! Add maple syrup to brown sugar, salt and coconut oil. It smells so good that I really want to eat this mixture by the spoonful – okay, maybe just one taste! If you are diabolically against eating maple syrup or brown sugar, it is okay to substitute honey instead. Just a note – the granola will form little clumps when using honey.
Here is the handy printable recipe! Enjoy the granola!
Fruit and Nut Granola
Homemade Fruit and Nut Granola could not be easier to make using this simple recipe. A healthy mix of oats, cranberries, sunflower seeds, coconut and cashews are splashed with a maple syrup mixture, then baked to crispy perfection. Great as a family-friendly breakfast and easy to customize!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 5 cups
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup unsalted cashew pieces
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, add rolled oats, cranberries, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, and cashews. Stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, salt and coconut oil.
- Pour maple syrup mixture over oat mixture and stir until oat mixture is coated.
- Turn mixture out onto a large baking sheet (or 2 smaller ones) and spread out into a shallow layer.
- Bake on center rack for 45 minutes, turning granola mixture halfway thru. Granola is done when mixture starts to look dry.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on pan.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Does not require refrigeration.
Substitute your favorite dried fruits and nuts for the cranberries and cashews!
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