I absolutely love granola. It’s one of my all time favorite snack foods–in a bowl with milk, mixed into yogurt or just by the fistful. But a small bag of granola typically runs me somewhere in the $5+ range and, since we have a pretty strict grocery budget these days, I don’t often buy it anymore. At that price for such a small amount, it shakes out to nearly a couple dollars per bowl!
So, when I really crave granola, I make my own with whatever I have on hand (hence the kitchen sink name.) You can really add almost anything you think will taste good: nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, spices, etc.–it’s VERY hard to mess up! (I always like to hear that when I’m making something new.) Happy baking!
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup sliced unsalted almonds
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup flax seed
- 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (can use more if you want stronger cinnamon flavor)
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- Add oats, coconut, almonds, cranberries, flax seed, sesame seed, cinnamon and salt to a large bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together vanilla, syrup and coconut oil.
- Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well to coat.
- Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and pour granola mixture onto sheet, spreading evenly with a spatula.
- Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes, rearranging occasionally with spatula, until golden brown.