My latest obsession has been yogurt parfaits. On an impulse yesterday I decided to make some homemade granola. I looked at a few recipes to get some ideas and ended up coming up with a recipe that turned out better than I had hoped. It's so easy and delicious that I am planning to always keep some homemade granola on hand.
4 cups old fashioned oats
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
dried cherries, or another type of dried fruit (optional)
In a large bowl, mix together the oats, cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and pecan pieces.
In a smaller bowl, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt and mix well. Pour the wet mixture over the oat mixture and stir to coat the oats evenly. Add however much dried fruit you would like (I used about 1/4 to 1/3 cup).
Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper or foil.
Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for about 40 minutes. Allow the granola to cool completely before digging in.