I love granola. For breakfast, for snack, and with enough chocolate chips, even for dessert. But I change my mind a lot when it comes to granola. Sometimes I want it extra chocolate-y, sometimes I want it full of fruit and nuts. Sometimes I like a kick of ginger to my granola, and that just doesn’t mix well with peanut butter chips. So I needed a granola recipe that I could easily customize depending on my mood and chocolate cravings.
I decided to just make a very simple base granola recipe and add mix-ins later based on whatever I felt like. This bowl has craisins and cacao nibs mixed into the base granola.
Other possible mix-ins I rustled up in my kitchen include dark chocolate wafers, peanut butter chips, and crystallized ginger. But get creative! Any dried fruit or nut is pretty much fair game, and I think some dark chocolate or coconut M&Ms would make for a sweet and colorful twist.
Simple, Customizable Granola Recipe
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (I used a mix of almonds and walnuts)
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 tbsp shelled hemp seed (or any other type of seed you want to substitute)
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp safflower oil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl mix together the nuts, oats, seeds, and coconut.
- In a separate small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, safflower oil and sea salt.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and mix together.
- Pour the granola onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 20-25 min.
- After 10 min of baking, stir the mixture to allow it to brown evenly.
- When the granola is golden and smells delicious (really, your nose will know), pull it out of the oven and allow to cool.
- At this point you can stir in mix-ins for the whole batch, or you can store the granola and add different mix-ins every time you eat it.
What flavors do you like in your granola?