Why buy when you can make?
What's so great about making your own granola at home? You get to pick what goes in it! Leave out nasties like corn syrup, canola oil, etc., etc. Don't like nuts, either? Leave 'em out!
This recipe is a simple + tasty alternative to store-bought granola which is also very add-in-able. I'll go into more detail with the ingredients + add-ins in a bit. Let's get to the recipe:
Honey Oat Granola
4 cups old-fashioned oats (or rolled)
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/4 cup coconut oil (fractionated or melted to liquid state)
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix oats, tapioca flour, + cinnamon (if using) in a large mixing bowl. Stir in liquid coconut oil + honey until evenly incorporated. Stir in mini chocolate chips, if using. Evenly spread granola mixture on prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden, approximately 10 minutes. Check progress then continue baking until golden brown, about 10 - 15 more minutes. Remove from oven + let cool on a wire rack about 15 minutes. Once granola is cool, break into clusters or smaller pieces, if desired. Store in air-tight container. Enjoy by itself, with milk as a cereal, or mix it up in a homemade trail mix.
A note about the ingredients:
Rolled or old-fashioned oats, doesn't matter - don't stress about it, use what you have.
Tapioca flour is used instead of white flour most recipes call for. You can use almond flour, cassava, or a keto flour blend, etc. Flour acts as a binding agent to make the granola more 'clustery'.
You can add in seeds, slivered almonds, shredded coconut, or any chopped nuts if you like (or not, if you hate or allergic), they just add more crunch + texture.
If you're allergic to cinnamon, leave it out. Again, cinnamon, but if you're longing for the taste of Fall, use pumpkin pie spice instead. Vanilla can also be added in for a different flavor.
Honey acts as a binding agent + sweetener. Alternatives could be maple syrup or date syrup as well (or molasses).
The oil helps hold it all together. I used fractionated coconut, which some detest, but there were so many other flavors going on that you can't even taste coconut. I wouldn't probably use olive or grapeseed (too strong); just please - don't use canola or vegetable or other icky oils...
You don't have to add in chocolate chips. You can choose other add-ins like dried blueberries, dried cranberries or other dried fruits or all of them or nothing at all if you prefer your granola naked.
As with any recipe, make it your own however you feel like + according to your + your family's tastes. To make granola, you basically just need oats, flour, oil, + a sweetener; you make it as healthy or whatever as you want. Have fun with it! : )