Urban Dictionary, a site dedicated to providing explanations of slang words, defines being a “Granola” as an adjective used to describe people who are environmentally aware (flower child, tree-hugger), open-minded, left-winged, socially aware and active, queer or queer-positive, anti-oppressive/discriminatory (racial, sexual, gender, class, age, etc.) with an organic and natural emphasis on living, who will usually refrain from consuming or using anything containing animals and animal by-products (for health and/or environmental reasons), as well as limit consumption of what he or she does consume.
Well, I’m here to say, I’m a granola and proud of it! I’m also proud of my granola recipe that is nourishing and oh so delicious!
The Granola’s Granola
Makes 12 cups Cook Time: 30 min Prep time 10 min
What You’ll Need
- Large mixing bowl
- Microwavable bowl (or double boiler)
- Two sheet pans
- 5 cups rolled oats*
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes*
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds*
- 1 cup sunflower seeds*
- 1 cup raisins*
- ½ cup coconut oil*
- ½ cup honey (maple syrup or agave works great too)*
- ¼ cup sesame seeds*
- ¼ cup flax-seed*
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
*Use organic (if able)
- Preheat the oven to 325℉.
- In a double boiler or microwave, combine coconut oil and honey, heat until warm. Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add salt and stir. Pour rolled oats, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax-seed, and sesame seeds into the bowl. Mix with clean hands or large wooden spoon. Spread the mixture onto two sheet pans. Dust cinnamon and nutmeg over the unbaked granola.
- Bake 20 minutes at 325℉. Remove from the oven and stir granola – this will evenly cook all pieces. Place back into the oven for another 10 minutes. Take out and allow to cool. Sprinkle raisins over cooled granola.
- Store in an airtight container for up to a month (I use 3 quart sized ball jars).
I hope this delicious recipe finds you well at whatever time you enjoy it.
Cheers to health and happiness!