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basic granola

8 cups

3 c rolled oats
½ c roughly chopped nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, etc)
½ c unsweetened coconut flakes
½ c coconut sugar (or light brown sugar)
1 c mixed seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, flax, hemp hearts, chia, etc)
1 tsp kosher salt
½ c honey (or agave, maple syrup)
½ c oil (extra virgin olive, avocado, coconut, etc)
½ tsp vanilla extract
2 ea egg whites
½ c dates, chopped finely
½ c dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, mango, papaya, apple, etc)

Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine oats, nuts, coconut, sugar, seeds and salt in a large bowl.

Separate eggs, reserving yolks for another use, and gently whisk egg whites. Combine honey, oil, vanilla and egg whites in a bowl, whisking to a smooth consistency.

Pour liquids into dry ingredients, and mix well with a spatula.

Transfer granola onto the baking sheet, and spread so that it is in a uniform layer.

Place baking sheet in the middle of the oven, and bake for 25 min, then carefully stir the granola. The outer edges and top may be beginning to brown, and the center will still be uncooked, so stir to ensure even cooking.

Let granola cook for another 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven.

While the granola is cooking, cut up any large dried fruit into bite-size pieces.

When granola is cool enough to handle, mix in dried fruit with your hands, then let it cool all the way.

Store in an airtight container or ziplock bag.

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