In this easy, fiber & protein packed Granola you can use any nuts or dried fruit that you like (or have on hand). I happened to have sliced almonds and cashews but you could try pecans, walnuts or anything else. I love coconut, which it why I included it. If you don’t or have another tasty ingredient, throw it on in!You may be tempted to leave out the oil or sugar but think twice. The sugar caramelizes while slow roasting and the oil turns the mix crunchy with a great bite. Adding the dried fruit at the end helps to keep it soft and chewy. This granola is easy because all you have to do is toss the ingredients together and slow cook them in the oven- no fuss, no muss. It is packed with cholesterol lowering fiber because I added chia and flax seeds while the nuts and hemp seeds are packed full of good fats and protein.
Easy, fiber & protein packed granola
3 cups of oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup cashews
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup dried cranberries
makes 30 servings of 1/4 cup.
Preheat the oven to 250oF.
Mix the first 7 ingredients together in a large bowl.
Mix together the oil, syrup, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Add to oats mix and toss to coat.
Bake for 60 minutes, stirring once in between. If the mix is not browned to your liking, broil the mix for a few minutes- make sure to stay close and check it every 30 seconds or so!
Add in the cranberries and toss to mix. Keep in an air tight container and enjoy over yogurt or with milk.
If you are looking for more recipes that use nuts, try these on for size: