Hello spring! Here in Hawaii, the constant heat has me seeking relief in the form of creamy, ice-cold smoothies. I’ve been experimenting with lots of new fun smoothies lately, which I can’t wait to share on here. Fresh local ingredients like kale, blackberries, and But I have to be totally honest. In my personal opinion, what really makes the smoothie is the delicious, crunchy, and irresistible granola that tops & compliments your tasty smoothies. Granola. There is so much to be said about it. It has become one of my main food groups as of late, and I’m coming to realize that I probably eat a lot more of it than I should. Now, I don’t mean to brag, but I am somewhat of a granola connoisseur. I have single-handedly tried every granola at Whole Foods, and countless others over my 23 years. There is something about granola that makes a meal so much better. Perhaps it’s because it goes with everything, adding a satisfying crunch and a hint of sweetness. I honestly put it in/on just about everything that I can. On top of smoothies, yogurt, chia pudding, oatmeal (yes, oats on oats), and even enjoy it in cereal form with almond milk topped with fresh fruits and cinnamon.
Seeing as I have done my fair share of sampling, I would say I am qualified in judging a good granola. My favorites are the ones that are not too sweet and offer a wide range of nutritional benefits. Because of this, I have to say, the granola my mom makes is hands down the tastiest granola I have yet to try. The best part about it is that you can make it your own and add any fun ingredients you want to! So, the following recipe is our typical go-to… but I encourage you to spruce it up with your own personal touches! But one thing is for sure—you will NOT be disappointed. This is without a doubt the best (& probably healthiest) granola in the world.
Ill be honest, making granola always seems like such a daunting task. But it takes way less time than you think! Gathering all your tasty ingredients and hand-selecting your favorite combinations of flavor takes the most time, but its also one of my favorite parts. Plus, this recipe makes so much that you will have enough to keep you snacking and enjoying for quite a while!
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup pecans
- 4 cups oats
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 3 tablespoon of flax seeds
- 1-2 cups of flaked coconut
- 1-2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1-2 cups dried fruit (I did dried strawberries here, and they were incredible!)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Pulverize the nuts. I put them in a big Ziploc bag and use a metal pulverizer to crush them into smaller morsels. It’s up to you how big you want your chunks—I honestly like keeping them in larger fragments. Then put all the nuts in a small pan and roast together on medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning the smaller pieces. Once a nice golden brown color, turn off heat and set aside.
- Mix together the oats, all your seeds, spices, and sugars. Remember, this is just a guideline. If you like it sweeter, add more sugar. If you like a little clumpier granola, add more honey or maple syrup. If you are a fan of cinnamon and vanilla (like me!) add a tablespoon or two more! Play around with it! After mixing the rest of the ingredients together, minus the dried fruit, spread out evenly on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes, take out, stir around, and stick back in again for 10 minutes. Once complete, take out and see if you are satisfied with the color. For me, I like it a little on the crispy side, so I usually stick it in for another 2-3 minutes. Once done, take out and set on a cooling rack!
- Once cooled, add in your nuts and dried fruit, and give it a good mix!
- Consume and enjoy!