Granola is one of those snacks I like to have on hand all of the time. You can put it on plain greek yogurt drizzled with a little maple syrup, add to the top of a smoothie for a little crunch, or just snack on it plain instead of chips or pretzels. I even eat this for dessert by adding a few dark chocolate chips. This recipe will make you a batch that should last you a while, normally I find myself making this recipe about once a month.
The awesome thing about granola is you can adjust it to suit your tastes or just mix up the flavors. This is the basic granola recipe I use, but feel free to try with a different type of nut (pecans are amazing in granola!) or a different dried fruit. Let me know what variations you come up with!
Start by mixing your rolled oats, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, dried fruit, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a separate, smaller bowl, melt coconut oil in the microwave just for about 10-15 seconds until liquid. Add vanilla, maple syrup, honey, and two frothy egg whites.
The egg whites are necessary to make the granola chunky. They make the oats stick together and form little clusters. If you don’t use the egg whites, you will have loose granola. To get the egg whites frothy, just whisk for a minute in a small bowl.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well until all of the oat mixture is coated. Then press the mixture onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture down firmly with a spatula.
Put the baking sheet into a 310 degree oven for 40-45 minutes. When finished baking, let sit in the oven (turned off) with the door slightly open.
Once cool, break into delicious little chunks and put on everything!
The Best Homemade Chunky Granola
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried blueberries
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs whites
1. Combine dry ingredient in large mixing bowl.
2. Melt coconut oil in separate bowl. Add maple syrup, honey, and vanilla.
3. Whisk two egg whites until foamy and add to other wet ingredients.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
5. Press mixture firmly with spatula onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake in 310 degree oven for 40-45 minutes, then allow to cool in the oven (turned off) with door propped open.
7. Break into chunks once completely cool. Store in air tight container for a couple of weeks.