DIY Cinnamon Raisin Granola
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Hey ya'll, I'm here with our first recipe!
I know you're really waiting for the mac and cheese, lasagna, cinnamon rolls - the good stuff- and it's coming! But I wanted to start with something simple. I think this easy gluten-free granola is a great place to begin our cooking journey. Granola is one of my favorite foods for many reasons, mainly because it's so yummy! I can eat it dry as an afternoon snack, sprinkled over ice-cream for a sweet treat, or with a nice cold bowl of milk for breakfast. Cinnamon-Raisin is my favorite flavor, which you'll see here, but I'm also partial to Vanilla-Almond.
The health benefits of whole grain oats are quite impressive and another reason to add it to your menu. Oats are high in fiber, help to manage blood sugars, lowers cholesterol, very filling in small amounts which can aid in weight loss, rich in minerals, and even contain protein. Did I mention they are naturally gluten-free? If you follow a gluten-free diet, be sure to buy a brand that is specifically labeled "gluten-free" though because they are often grown and processed along with other gluten-containing grains. We use Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats which are also non-GMO verified.
Ok, let's get to it! This granola recipe is very easy and the preparation time takes only a few minutes. You can consider this a base recipe because you have the option of adding a variety of flavors, fruits, nuts, and seeds to create your own perfect granola. I strongly encourage you to get creative with this recipe and be sure to let me know what flavors you come up with!
A Few Tips...
You can add your fruits/nuts/seeds either before or after you bake your mixture. I like the toasted flavor and texture of adding it before.
Molasses adds a rich taste that's totally optional.
I use Sunflower oil but you can use whatever oil you are most comfortable with. Coconut oil tastes great in granola!
Fruit/nut/seeds suggestions include almonds, walnuts, dried blueberries, freeze-dried strawberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raw cashews, chia, and flax seeds, dried pineapple....the list goes on.
The thinner you spread the mix on the pan, the faster it cooks. The opposite is also true.
Easy Granola Recipe
6 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Shredded Coconut
1 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
1/2 cup Agave, Maple Syrup or Honey
1 tsp Blackstrap Molasses
1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Flavoring
1/2 cup Sunflower Oil
1/2 cup Raisins
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut, cinnamon, and salt.
In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine oil, vanilla, molasses, and sweetener. Mix well but do not overmix because it will start to thicken after about 30 seconds.
Pour wet mixture into the bowl of oats, stirring gently as you pour.
Mix all ingredients well, coating all of the oats with the wet mixture.
Add raisins and mix gently.
Pour raw granola mixture into a flat dry baking sheet. Split into an additional pan if the mixture is more than one-quarter of an inch thick.
Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until done.
Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy!