Homemade granola is incredibly easy to make. Plus, it can be customized to your taste and nutrition goals.
Take this granola recipe. It’s vegan (made with coconut oil instead of butter and maple syrup instead of honey), and gluten free (be sure to choose certified gluten free oats). If you don’t eat peanut butter, sunflower seed butter is a good substitute to use in recipes. I used Sunbutter sunflower seed butter to make this granola. I melted the seed butter with pure maple syrup and coconut oil, then stirred the mixture into old-fashioned oats. After toasting the granola in the oven, I added dried cherries and some sunflower seed kernels for extra flavor and crunch.
Sunflower Seed Butter Granola Recipe
3 cups gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup creamy sunflower seed butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seed kernels (I used unsalted)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet (15- x 10-inch) with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix oats and cinnamon; set aside.
In a small saucepan combine sunflower seed butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Heat and stir mixture over medium-low heat until melted and well mixed.
Add warm sunflower seed butter mixture to oats; stir well to combine. Spread mixture in prepared baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes; stir. Bake 15 minutes more; stir. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more or until dry and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Let cool completely. Stir in dried cherries and sunflower seed kernels. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes about 4 cups
-Use your favorite dried fruit like dried cranberries, apples or golden raisins.
-The granola can be made gluten free by using oats that are gluten free. (Not all oats are gluten free.) Since products can change, be sure to read package labels to make sure all ingredients are gluten free.