I’ve been making the base of this granola for a really long time, but it’s evolved, much like our tastes and preferences. I always come back to it whenever i’m looking for a healthy but flavorful granola option. We use it over smoothie bowls, yogurt, oatmeal, or with homemade almond milk and berries so we never miss the candy like clusters that you find in high sugar or commercial granolas.
This is a take on my original recipe you can find here, but i’ve changed it up by using pumpkin seeds and chia seeds in addition to the pecans for additional zinc, omegas, fiber, protein, and crunch.
Healthy Ginger Spiced Granola
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3 Tablespoons coconut sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt (be generous)
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup craisins
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
In a large bowl stir together the oats, pecans, pumpkin seeds, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt to a bowl.
In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together until a bubble breaks the surface. Remove from the heat and add to your oat mixture. Stir to combine. Add the chia seeds and stir again.
Spread evenly over your prepared baking sheet and bake until very golden, stirring every 10 minutes. About 20-30 minutes.
Mix in your dried fruit, press down, and cool completely before transferring to an airtight container.
Be careful not to burn the granola, if you think the granola is gold, but could do with some more time in the oven, check it again in 2 minutes, not 10. I've burned more than enough granola in my life making that mistake.
serve with smoothie bowls, oatmeal, yogurt, or my personal favorite, homemade almond milk, more chia seeds, and berries
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