Disclaimer: I am not a morning person.
Im lazy and grumpy and don’t want to talk to anyone until Ive had my coffee. Im also generally not hungry either- shocker, I know.
However, recently Ive been trying to make healthier eating choices and I know that you have to start your morning off with something other than 6 cups of Dunkin Turbo coffee (which we will save for another post because it is the best coffee ever) to get on the right eating track.
So I decided that granola was a good idea. Its easy, its quick, it doesn’t require me to do anything but stir it into my yogurt-perfect. It is annoying for me though because its hard to find already made granola in stores that do not have some kind of nut, as I have an allergy to all nuts except pistachios- also shocking, I don’t get it either. Anyways, I set off to make my own and came up with this!
The combo of oats, pistachios, coconut, a tiny amount of dark chocolate, and a hint of cinnamon hit the spot for me every morning, and when I need a snack to go, I just shove some of this in a ziploc and out the door we go. It gives me the energy to start my day without having to start my oven.
Heres everything you need to make this granola recipe:
Some things are optional, like the Maca powder- Im usually not a crunchy granola person (see what I did there), but my friend (see unicorn post) told me this really helps to balance out your hormones, so I thought I would try it out. Should you want to try it, you can get it at Whole foods. The chia seeds fit into that same category, they are packed with antioxidants, protein, and fiber, and don’t really taste like anything so its really a win win but up to you. Only downside is the may get stuck in your teeth.
You can also pretty much add in whatever nuts, seeds, or dried fruit that you like. Feel free to experiment! This is just the recipe with add ins that I like to use. You need to keep the oats, honey, and sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter if you don’t have allergies) quantities the same, but the add ins are up to you.
Throw everything in a mixing bowl. Mix really well! You need to really mix because the honey and sesame seed butter will start to clump and you want it to be evenly distributed.
Press the mixture down hard and evenly compacted into a 9×13 pan or two 8×8 pans and bake for 12-15 minutes. The edges will get slightly brown and toasty, for an even better flavor.
Allow it to cool.
Break into pieces.
I really like these Oxo containers with the push top, my whole pantry is full of them. The granola will stay fresh in one of these for a week, possibly even more but I wouldn’t know because its never lasted that long!
And… a real life shot
Miss lady baby is also a huge fan
- 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- ¾ cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut
- ½ cup Sunbutter (or peanut butter)
- ¼ cup honey
- ¾ cup salted pistachios
- 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chunks, or Enjoy life chocolate chips
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp Maca powder (optional)
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- pinch of salt
- Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well to incorporate ingredients evenly.
- Spray a 9x13 or 2 8x8 pans with oil
- Press mixture down hard to compact evenly.
- Bake for 12-15 mins
- Break into pieces and store.