Crunchy, sweet, and just a bit chewy, this granola will add a pop of “YUM” to anything you put it in, be it yogurt or a smoothie. Heck, this is tasty all by itself! For a paleo version, substitute a variety of chopped nuts (I recommend almonds and/or walnuts) for the oats; for an oat-free version, substitute raw buckwheat groats for the oats; and for a nut-free version, substitute more oats or buckwheat for the slivered almonds and add some sunflower seeds, if you’d like, and use sunflower seed butter instead of the almond butter.
Yield A lot of granola
5 cups of gluten-free rolled oats
1-2 cups of blanched almond slivers (optional)
1/4 cup of coconut sugar (or unrefined cane sugar)
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/3 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup of smooth, unsalted almond butter
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of almond extract
1/2-3/4 cup of unsweetened dried cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet with coconut oil.
In a large bowl, mix together the rolled oats, almond slivers (if you’re using them), coconut sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside while you mix together the wet ingredients.
In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, and smooth almond butter. Turn the heat to medium-low and whisk together until the coconut oil has completely melted.
Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and almond extracts.
Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir everything together with a spatula. Make sure you don’t break up too many clumps–granola clusters are the best part.
Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Stir, then bake for another 10-15 minutes, stirring every few minutes to ensure even browning.The granola is done when it is golden brown and firm to the touch.
Immediately upon removing the granola from the oven, sprinkle it with the dried cranberries and let it cool completely before serving. Yes, that means don’t eat it all as soon as it comes out of the oven. Because I may or may not have done that.