Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Cinnamon Almond Coconut Granola
Are you ready for Thanksgiving yet? Got the menu all planned out, groceries purchased, and just counting down the minutes till you can stick that turkey in the oven???
I'm still trying to plan the last kiddo birthday party of the year, which takes place this weekend. On Monday, I'll start planning Thanksgiving stuff.
Okay, maybe I'll start planning a little earlier. I still have to coordinate with my mom and other family members on who is making what, though.....so I can't really do too much planning yet. I CAN tell you that I'm pretty darn sure I'll be making a Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert - and maybe a Pumpkin Roll Cake for good measure.
Because you can never have too much pumpkin and cream cheese.
Oh, and I can't forget, no Thanksgiving would be complete without some variation on pecan pie - I like this Caramel Pecan pie , but the traditional version works too. Just as long as there's plenty of homemade sweetened whipped cream. Mmmmm. Can you tell my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast is dessert?
You can't tell me you're surprised.
In the mean time, there's a few meals between now and then, and one of my favorite breakfasts is granola.
I've been making this version for several months now and just can't seem to get tired of it. I know there are lots fancier granolas out there, but this is simple and consistently good. So good that my 2 year old is known to sneak the container out of the pantry and hide under the dining table, stuffing it into her face (and scattering it on the floor) as fast as she can before she gets caught.
But what's not to like? There's coconut, chopped almonds, cinnamon, and vanilla accompanying the oats.
You can always add raisins or craisins or other goodies at the table if you like. I usually just eat mine as is, with whole milk, of course.
Major bonus - it smells incredible while it's baking.
8 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup coconut oil (I use expeller pressed, organic virgin would be great too)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1 T. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 300°.
Combine oats, coconut, and almonds in a large bowl.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut oil, brown sugar, water, honey, and cinnamon and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt. Pour over oat mixture and stir well to evenly coat.
Spread on 2 large rimmed baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir, and rotate pans so the one from the bottom shelf is on the top and vice versa. Bake for 10 more minutes, or until desired crispiness.