I was a big cereal girl. Every morning (or afternoon… after school snack, anyone?) you would find in front of me a heee-uuuge bowl of life (cinnamon life WAS LIFE), honey-nut cheerios, or [occasionally] cocoa puffs. 🙈
And about 2 seconds later, I would be starving again. Every experienced that with cereal? How it does not fill you up? So you would just have to eat another bowl. #guiltyascharged
Fast forward a few years and my cereal-loving heart learned the truth- that cereal was cerea-sly [hehe] not good for you. Cereal is not natural… the process, the ingredients, the sugar content. It is absolutely not a breakfast food and DEFINITELY not real food.
Cereal is just a bunch of refined carbs full of “empty” calories that end up spiking our blood sugar and wreaking havoc on our hormones. No thanks.
Cue my saving grace- granola!! 🙏🏼
I can get way more satisfaction out of a small bowl of granola than I did out of my bowl of empty promises (cereal). Granola is full of healthy fats (nuts and seeds, coconut), and I sweeten mine with natural sugars and not nearly as much sugar as cereal (or other granolas).
When we started making this, we were smitten. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Use it as a topping on your yogurt (combined with a nut butter and banana is 👌🏼) or pour yourself a small bowl with some milk! [Personally, this week I’ve been pouring the unsweetened vanilla almond milk and it’s been absolute heaven].
This stuff is especially great when you have a sugar craving- replace that crappy refined sugar with this wholesome one. Your body will LOVE you for it.
**Small caveat: This is not as sweet as regular store-bought granola. Sweeten it to your liking- the recipe below is sweetened to mine. 🙂
- 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup cashews or cashew pieces
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3 tbsp. maple syrup or raw honey
- 3 tbsp. coconut sugar or sucanat
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 3/4 cup raisins
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
- Combine oats, nuts, coconut, and salt in a large bowl.
- Melt coconut oil in a small sauce pan over low heat.
- When melted, add coconut sugar and maple syrup- stir to combine.
- Using a spatula, pour the liquid over the dry ingredients. Stir to combine thoroughly (I honestly use my hands for this too, I want to make sure all of the coconut oil/sugar covers everything!)
- Spread out onto 1 large cookie sheet (or 2 small/medium cookie sheets)
- Place in oven and cook for about 70 minutes (depending on preference), stirring the ingredients halfway (after they’ve cooked a little over 30 min.)
- Remove from oven (it will harden more as it cools), allow to cool for 15 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine granola with the raisins.
- Serve and enjoy! Use as a topping for yogurt, ice cream, or your own cereal!