Several years ago, I had a blog called Gypsy Forest. I was a young mama, newly homeschooling my little tribe of four kiddos. We were moving often for Joe's job and blogging was a way to connect with other like-minded mamas over parenting, homeschooling, food, and craft projects.
A friend recently asked me to dig this recipe up for her, it was a big favorite on the blog many years ago. I thought it would be nice to share it here too.
6 cups of oats
2 cups of large coconut flakes
1.5 cups sliced or coarsely chopped almonds
1/3 cup flour (wheat is good, we use almond or oat flour in ours)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup (we like dark syrup, what used to be called grade b, for baking)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
1/3cup + 1 TBSP coconut oil (I always double this & use 3/4 cup in the doubled batch)
1/2 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (freshly ground is amazing + totally worth the effort!!)
1/2 tsp sea salt
*preheat the oven to 300. mix the oats, coconut, nuts & flour in a large bowl. set aside. add the remaining ingredients to a small saucepan and warm over low heat until it is smooth and liquefied. drizzle half the liquid over the oats, mix well with a wooden spoon. drizzle the remaining half over the oats. mix well again. spread in a thin layer over a cookie sheet. this may require 2-3 cookie sheets depending on the sizes you have. (it takes a while when you make a double batch, but it's well worth the effort!) bake for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. the granola will be lightly golden brown. it will get crunchier as it cools!
*notes, I have added up to two additional cups of seeds/ to this recipe with delicious results. walnuts, sunflower seeds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) are my favorite.
*I also love to add a cup of dried fruit (we love cherries). do this after the granola cools, otherwise, they'll burn!
*if you want clusters, take about a third of the dry mix (oats, coconut, almonds) and process it in the food processor for a little bit. making a really chunky meal.... not so much that it's flour, just a little now. add that back into the bowl & stir well.
*let the granola cool completely, store it in good sealing glass jars. write "good morning" on it with a sharpie just for fun..... it'll make your people smile~ (and don't worry, the sharpie washes off)
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