So, yes, I’ve been MIA. Like literally I was in MIA for a few days… 🙂 (Miami), but I really have been a little off the grid lately. Not actually off the grid, but I haven’t been home enough to make much lately because I’ve been traveling so much. (Not complaining!)
Let me just say – I have a new respect for people who travel a lot and who are active. I managed to find a few lbs on my journeys… but I don’t regret one bite! I also had a nasty little sinus infection which really pushed me back. I literally couldn’t breathe enough to work out. Not fun. So, now that all of my excuses are out of the way and that I’m home – I can share what I recently made and what I’m recently obsessed with…. HOMEMADE GRANOLA!!!
This is such a simple recipe, and the difference between store bought granola and this is like a billion percent. The other awesome thing about homemade granola is that you can really put whatever you want in it! So get creative with it – venture out and try some new things. Here’s what I went for… (Also – this make a huuuuge batch, so cut it in half if you want a smaller serving.). I found the original recipe on Food Network by Ina Garten, but made some adjustments to make it healthier.
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup cashews
- 2 cups almonds
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup good honey
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Toss the oats, coconut, cashews and almonds together in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Pour onto a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. This actually made so much, I used 2 cookie sheets for all of the granola. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula, until the mixture turns a nice, even, golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool, stirring occasionally. Add all of the dried fruit and mix well. Store in an airtight container!