Today I’m back at it with a super simple recipe that is one of my all time favorites. I’m in my last few days of pregnancy and waiting for this sweet baby girl to arrive so stocking the fridge and pantry for postpartum convenience has kept me busy. For all of my mamas-to-be or new-mamas, Oats have been linked to a boost in milk supply so it’s a great food to reach for if you’re breastfeeding. Dried fruit and nuts provide a delicious boost of protein and energy which is great for new mamas who need all of the energy they can muster up for caring for a newborn. So it made sense to me to make my own granola since it’s easy to grab, tops well over yogurt for breakfast and salads or sweet potato for a heartier meal (try it!).
This recipe is SO easy. It’s all about the mix, bake and wait. You can’t go wrong. Another reason I love it is because you can really mix in any fruit and nuts and seeds you have on hand. I hope you enjoy! If you make this delicious granola, tag me in your posts @DeeLynn78 on Insta, @DeeLynn on Twitter and #createyourgreatlife. Happy Baking!
Gluten-Free Maple, Fruit and Nut Granola
- 3 cups GF rolled oats
- 1/2 cups raw nuts (I used walnuts and almonds)
- 1/4 cup shaved unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp raw hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp raw chia seeds
- 2 tsp organic cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup grade b maple syrup
- 1/3 cup dried fruit (I used unsweetened cranberries and apricots)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl add dry ingredients (leaving out the dried fruit) and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. In a small bowl mix melted coconut oil with the maple syrup and vanilla extra and whisk until its (mostly) incorporated. Next, slowly drizzle wet ingredients into the dry mixing bowl ingredients and mix thoroughly until all of the oats and fruit are incorporated.
Spread the oat mixture evenly onto your lined baking sheet. Bake for 40-50 minutes stirring every 10 minutes and flipping the sheet halfway through to encourage even baking. Once baked, let cool and dry completely. The oats will harden as they cool and dry out.
Once the oats are cooled add your dried fruit and stir mixture to evenly incorporate. If you want to get really fancy you can add some dark chocolate chips too (I love to add when I’m giving this as a gift).
Store in an air tight glass container in a cool dry place. If giving as a gift, tie a cute ribbon around the neck of the jar and add a homemade tag — makes a great hostess gift! I love to enjoy it over coconut yogurt with fresh fruit – YUM! Enjoy!