Granola is one of those foods that you can throw together with whatever ingredients you have kicking around in your cupboard. You can keep it simple, or add fun stuff like chia seeds, quinoa, millet, apricots, whatever you’re feeling. It would also make a great last minute gift idea, since it’s that time of year where people do that sort of thing. And who wouldn’t want an edible gift? That’s the only kind of gift I’d want. Nevermind buying some fancy electronics or a giraffe lamp. Spend 30 minutes in the kitchen preparing something tasty and you have my attention.
It’s a great travel snack too. Long bus ride ahead? Planning a hike? Granola is your friend. I swear I’m not a spokesperson for granola. It’s just always been there for me in hungry moments and it will be there for me again and again. Ohhh granola, you thoughtful, oaty cluster!
Since it’s been sooooo gloomy and depressing in Ottawa lately, I thought it’d be nice to eat some happy foods like dark chocolate. If you’re not feeling the chocolate, feel free to swap it out for some dried fruit. I, on the other hand, will keep my dark chocolate unless I can find a way to consume sunshine. Give this granola a go and you’ll never want store bought granola again. Not only will you save money, but your taste buds will be happy. You don’t want angry taste buds on your hands, do you? I didn’t think so.
- 2 cups Oats
- 1 cup Dates
- ½ cup Shredded Coconut
- ½ cup Almonds, chopped ( I used raw almonds)
- ½ cup Almond Butter
- ½ cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
- ½ cup Dark Chocolate Chunks
- ½ cup Ground Flax Seeds
- ½ cup Coconut Oil
- ⅓ cup Honey (Use Maple Syrup or Agave if you're vegan)
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- ¾ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Cinnamon
- If your dates aren't soft, soak them in hot water for at least 30 minutes.
- Bring your oven temperature to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt coconut oil in pot over medium low heat.
- Blend dates into a paste in food processor. Add the coconut oil, honey, almond butter and vanilla and blend until smooth.
- Combine oats, coconut, almonds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, flax, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and mix .
- Add wet mix to dry and stir until mixed thoroughly.
- Spread on lined sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through baking.
- Prep time does not include soaking the dates