Crunchy – Healthy Homemade Granola loaded with goodness. Vegan and made with all organic and natural ingredients. No sulfured fruit in this granola.
When I was a teenager, I spent several summers living with and working for, a favorite aunt and uncle in the Seattle area. My uncle would purchase granola in bulk for the Nursing home they owned. It was lightly sweet with a hint of maple syrup, and a crunchy texture with clusters of oats. It was loaded with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. My favorite breakfast cereal that I ate every morning before going to work at the Nursing Home. This recipe I created tastes like I remember that granola tasting all those years ago.
How Do I Make Crunchy Homemade Granola?
This granola is quick and easy to mix up, but toasting it – to achieve a perfect crunch with clusters of oats – takes awhile.
Mix together the dry ingredients, rolled oats, seeds, and nuts. No need to pre-roast the seeds and nuts. Add the maple syrup and a little coconut oil. Mix all together until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Slow roast/toast in a 225 degree F oven until the granola is lightly browned and crunchy. After the 1st hour of roasting, beat an egg white until it is foamy. Drizzle the egg over the granola and the compress the granola into the pan. The egg acts as the glue to stick the granola into the crunchy clusters we love. If you are vegan, skip the egg. The granola will still be delicious but have fewer crunchy clusters. It will have lots of crunchy flavors. Toast for another hour and then stir to break up the large clusters a bit. Roast a 3rd hour or until it is the perfect golden color with lots of crunch. Once the granola is toasted, it is ready to eat. Munch it up as is, or add your favorite combinations of dried fruit.
Here is where you get to give your crunchy homemade granola some personality. Will it be a tropical mix of bananas, pineapple, mango’s, and papaya. Will it be Very Berry Granola? With dried strawberries and blueberries. Or maybe you like to stick with the craisin, raisin, or dates for your mixins. Lastly consider some, peaches, apples, and apricots for extra YUM.
Anything goes, so mix it up, and don’t forget to throw in plenty of large coconut flakes. Farmer Fred makes coconut flakes from fresh coconuts in Florida. He infuses the flakes with maple syrup and dries them untOh So Good!il crispy.
What Do I Put In My Granola?
One of the reasons I love to make granola is that every time I make it, I add different items.
The core, or base of your granola is the oats, maple syrup, and oil. Use the old Fashioned Oats for crunchier granola. This is one time where you really need to use real maple syrup. The imitation maple-flavored syrup loses its flavor in the long roasting process.
Purchase raw nuts and seeds, add them to the granola before roasting, The maple syrup sweetens the nuts slightly and makes them extra crunchy.
The rest is mixins: let your imagination run wild if it is dried fruit add it in. Look for unsulfured fruit. It is much better for you and way tastier. Other mixins are coconut flakes, dates, craisins, raisins. Get a bowl out, add your favorite milk, and give your day a sweet and crunchy start.
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- 2½ cups rolled oats old fashioned gluten free
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes unsweetened and toasted
- ⅓ cup almonds sliced
- ⅓ cup pecan halves or pieces
- ⅓ cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbsp oil coconut oil liquid or melted (see notes)
- ½ cup maple syrup use real maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg white add 1/4 tsp oil and beat until frothy. (omit for a vegan recipe)
- 2 cups dried fruit a mixture of fruit cut into small pieces. see notes.
- To adjust the portions, click on the number of serving, and a slider will pop up. Adjusting the slider up or down will automatically calculate the amount needed for each ingredient.
- Preheat the oven to 225-degrees F. Mix together the rolled oats, nuts, and seeds in a 2 qt. bowl
- Mix together the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and salt. Add the liquid mixture to the oats mixture and stir to coat the oats, nuts, and seeds.
- Spread on a lightly greased sheet pan. and bake for 30 minutes.
- Stir the granola and drizzle one beaten egg white over the granola. (see notes) if vegan.
- Press the granola together on the pan into a dense layer that is about 1/2 inch thick.
- Bake another 30 minutes and stir being careful to not break up the clusters of oats.
- Bake a final 30 minutes. Once the granola is cooled it should be dry and crunchy. If it is soft for lacks crunch bake an additional 30 minutes.
- add the toasted coconut and dried fruit. Stir to mix.