This granola is full of all my favorite things. Clusters, nuts, small pieces (I don’t like to have to crunch through a huge piece of… anything!) and dates. I make my nut’ola (paleo/whole30 granola!) most weeks, but this is a more budget friendly, sweeter version (but not Whole30), that I love on it’s own with milk, or on top of a jam-packed smoothie. It has honey and dates as it’s sweeter, and no other added sugars.
It comes together quick, bakes up in 25min, and will last you two weeks in an airtight container on your countertop (but we always have eaten it all by then!)
Sweet Crunch Granola!
1 tbs cinnamon
2 cups oats
1.5 cups mixed nuts ( like using cashews and almonds, but any nuts or seeds you love will work!)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp salt
4 pitted dates (in a cup of boiling water) I use natural delights already pitted ones, easy peasy!
1 tbs honey
2 tbs coconut oil, melted
1 tbs (boiled date) water
(after baking, optional) 1 cup raisins or other cut up dried fruit
Preheat oven to 375
Combine all dry ingredients (cinnamon, oats, nuts, coconut, salt) into blender or food processor, and pulse till all large pieces are broken up.
Pour broken up dry ingredients onto large baking dish or sheet pan, parchment lined
Combine all wet ingredients into food processor (honey, coconut oil, and pull the dates from the liquid, + one tablespoon of soaking liquid) and blend. If it doesn’t get fully smooth, don’t worry, it will still mix well.
Pour wet mixture over dry and stir well. Allow small clumps to form, but break them up to the desired size.
Bake at 375, stirring often, 25 minutes (or until coconut is golden brown).
While still hot stir in raisins and then allow mixture to cool completely (this is when it gets a bit crispy!)
Store in an airtight container up to two weeks on the countertop.
I usually double this batch to make enough for all of us for the week, but a single batch is a good place to start. You can also get more creative with your dried fruit mix-in, what nuts you use, and even what spices you like. I always use cinnamon, but often add in some cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and even turmeric too!
A pretty jar of this, some full fat yogurt or nut-milk, and some fresh fruit make for a perfect playdate offering, new mama meal (bring breakfast! It’s unexpected and always enjoyed!), or an easy neighbor treat.
Let me know if you make this, and if you come up with any amazing mix-in’s!