My Fave Granola

Looking for a perfect addition to breakfast that will keep you satisfied until one o’clock lunch? Or what about a balanced, high protein, mid-afternoon snack to get you through your last few classes (aka that time where you drink coffee like it’s you day job – even though it’s 4 pm- because you wouldn’t be able to function otherwise)?

This granola recipe is perfect for both of those and anything (truly, ANYTHING!) in between. It’s super easy to make and each time it turns out more delicious than the last. Plus, the ingredients are readily available in most supermarkets and health food stores around Israel.

Oh, and did I mention that it will leave your kitchen with a delicious aroma of maple, nuts, and cinnamon?

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Granola making lessons at TVA!

Just beware that you’ll need to make more quite soon because you might have some friends in other apartments who just might smell your granola and happen to coincidentally stop by at the exact time you open the oven…subtle, right? (Shoutout to…well, you guys know who you are 🙂 ).

But seriously. Everyone should make this. And that includes you. It’s just too good to pass up.

Here’s the recipe:

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A. Ingredients

  • 4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (without shells)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins (without added sugar)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (preferably 65% cacao or over)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • A dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup natural maple syrup
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract

B. Directions

Just mix everything together and spread out evenly on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake granola in the oven at 350 degrees Farenheit (175 Celcius) for about 25-30 minutes, tossing every ten minutes or so. Granola will be golden brown when ready.

Wasn’t that easy? 🙂

Here are some ways I have incorporated homemade granola into my diet:

Sprinkle a handful of granola (along with peanut butter and cinnamon) on top of plain oatmeal for a more nutritious breakfast
Add some homemade granola to cereal with milk
Add some homemade granola and fresh fruit to your cereal bowl
Sprinkle granola over whole wheat peanut butter toast for an extra crunch

Don’t be afraid to try your own combinations!

Whether you prefer to eat your granola with milk in the morning or as a BEISic snack during chavruta time, you’re bound to enjoy it.

And, as always, don’t forget to share your serving suggestions along with any comments below 🙂

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