My favorite foods to make must be easy, fast, healthy, and just a little bit creative. This granola totally fits the bill.
I’ve got to be honest. I’m not a great cook. I’m an ok cook. But I do enjoy the creative process of combining ingredients to make something that tastes even better than the sum of it’s parts. Most of the time.
This recipe is one of the good examples of food that is easy, fast, creative, and really yummy! There are only 3 base ingredients, and a ton of possibilities! Best of all, it not only tastes good, it is good for my body too. Win!
I start with 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats. Don’t try it with quick-cooking oats. Trust me on this one. Then I mix in 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil and 1/3-1/2 cup honey (depending on how sweet I want it.) That’s the base!
Now the fun part…
What flavor do I feel like eating this week? Sometimes I’ll add in some slivered almonds and vanilla. Other times I’ll add in pecans and pumpkin pie spice. Or maybe shredded (unsweetened) coconut. I’ll throw in some chia seeds or ground flax seeds for a little extra nutrition. See how the possibilities are almost endless? Such creative license!
Once I’ve got all my deliciousness mixed in, I spread it out on a baking sheet covered in either parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. I spread it as thinly and evenly as I can.
Then I pop it in an oven that I’ve pre-heated to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). I’ll set a timer for 10 minutes and find something fun to do. Dishes or a dance party are possible options.
After 10 minutes, I take a peek and see how it’s doing. Depending on your oven, you may need up to 15 minutes. My oven does the trick in about 14 minutes. It should just start to brown, but not get really brown (i.e. burned).
When I think it’s about done, I’ll take it out and let it sit somewhere out of little finger’s reach until it’s cool. I try not to eat too much of it before then. Ahem.
When it’s finally cool, I take whatever is left and break it up into the size pieces I like my granola best. (You can choose how big or small you like yours.) I store it in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Note: If you like your dried fruit softer and not so chewy, add it to the granola after it’s been baked. This works well for raisins, craisins, etc.
And that’s it! Stir, spread, bake, eat! Here’s the “official” recipe:
Easy Creative Granola
- 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/3-1/2 cup honey
- whatever add-ins speak to your soul: nuts, fruits, seeds, spices
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In a large mixing bowl, stir oats, coconut oil, and honey until well combined.
- Add and stir in whatever mix-ins you choose.
- Spread mixture on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until it just starts to brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely.
- Break up granola into pieces and store in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Seriously, it’s so fast to make this, I do it every week. This is my go-to breakfast in the mornings. I love that I get to creatively design whatever flavor I feel like making. And I really love that it fills me up without weighing me down. No refined sugar. No preservatives. No ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Simplicity in a breakfast bowl.
And I’m always looking for more recipes… Do you have a go-to breakfast you like?
p.s. A shout-out to my sister who first introduced me to this marvelous mixture!