homemade honey nut granola {with coconut oil}.

A notice: 8 cups of gluten-free oats were unfortunately harmed in the making of this recipe. I extend my most sincere apologies to the families of these oats. It took awhile to figure out the optimal temperature and cook time for this granola. Please know that the portions of the batches that survived were happily received by Brixton Height in the form of homemade dog treats. - ah.

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This year, I'm renewing a commitment to living as sustainably as possible, reducing the amount of waste we generate at home in as many ways as possible. This includes repurposing juicer pulp to make dog treats (including the semi-edible batches of granola above); always carrying reusable shopping bags, a water bottle, and a travel mug for coffee in my {oversized} purse; buying less; shopping local; and buying products in bulk to reduce package waste.


(I even use these handy produce bags for stocking up on things like oats and nuts at the grocery store to cut down on unnecessary plastic bags. Fun pro tip: you can also reuse Ziploc bags. For reals. Just rinse them out and dry inside out. The planet says thanks. :0) )

granola bowl w jar
As part of my mission to buy less foods that come with excess packaging, we've stopped buying cereal. Also: cereal is SO expensive! You get three silly little bowls out of the box and then you're like, "Well, that was $8." WTF. Guess how much it costs to make this homemade version? 

About $4, and you get 600x as much cereal. 

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The best part? No packaging, no chemicals, no preservatives. Last year, I wrote this piece for The Naked Label on what's lurking in the packaging of common grain products. Thankfully, buying items in bulk, sans preservatives, sidesteps this icky little issue.

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Almonds, sesame, coconut sugar, maple syrup and coconut oil mingling with oats. Better than anything in a box, hey? Mr. Height commented that this batch was addictive and just perfectly sweet.

I love that with homemade cereal, you can adjust for all kinds of variables: sweetness, saltiness, crunchiness, whatever your ideal cereal situation is, you can make it happen. :)

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This Butter Crunch Coconut Granola was the product of a similar experiment last year, and in this batch, I decided to heat the oil and syrup before mixing with the oats to make it a little less of a sticky workout. (That rice syrup is tough at room temperature!) 

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Vegan Love Bean Drop Cookies are also a great way to put your extra granola to use -- and so super delicious. 

The key to making this golden and fabulous - instead of almost black and tasting a little like charred barbecue - is to cook it at a low temperature (200F) for a long period. Oats coated in oil don't do so well with 350+ degrees and a 20 minute cook time. Stir everything around every 20 minutes to ensure nothing sticks and your granola turns out evenly toasted.

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Concerned you won't have time to fit this into your week? No worries: tack it onto another night you're in the kitchen making dinner or lunch components, as it's pretty labor unintensive. The granola will bake up while you do whatever else you need to do. (I set a main timer for the whole cook time on the stove, ie. the 80 minutes, and a timer on my iPhone to remind me to stir the baking granola every 20 minutes.) Simple, make-ahead, and oh-so-nummy. 

What are your favorite breakfasts? 

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homemade honey nut granola with coconut oil.
Yields 4
A sinfully sweet - but really nourishing - homemade granola with almonds, sesame seeds and a touch of coconut.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 20 min
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups gluten-free oats
  2. 2/3 cup coconut oil
  3. 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup or brown rice syrup
  4. cinnamon, to taste (I used about 2 tbsp)
  5. sea salt, to taste (I used about 4 pinches)
  6. 5 tbsp coconut sugar, or less to taste
  7. 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 200F.
  2. 2. Melt coconut oil and syrup together over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  3. 3. Once melted, pour in half your oats and stir to coat.
  4. 4. Add remaining oats and stir until everything is evenly coated.
  5. 5. Transfer mixture to 2 foil-lined baking sheets and spread in an even layer.
  6. 6. Place in the oven and set the timer for 80 minutes.
  7. 7. Every 20 minutes, gently stir granola around the tray to ensure it doesn't burn or stick. The third time (at 60 minutes), sprinkle the top of each tray with cinnamon and sea salt before stirring up the oats.
  8. 8. Remove from the oven and allow granola to cool about 10 minutes before removing from the trays.
  9. 9. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and add coconut sugar and sesame seeds. Mix well.
Notes
  1. Store granola in airtight glass containers.
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