One of the best things about making your own food is the way it makes your kitchen smell. I guess there could be an argument the other way around but for this one, you’ll be glad its baking in your oven. Granola is a great snack no matter how you eat it but my favorite way to eat it is on yogurt. I justify it by the fact that I’m only eating tablespoons at a time rather than fist-fulls. This recipe for Vanilla Almond Granola is based on a recipe from sallysbakingaddiction.com. The combination of sugar free pancake syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon give it the right amount of sweet spiciness and the coconut oil helps bring together the rest of the ingredients for the right amount of crunchiness that you look for in granola.
Now before you sniff at me for my choice of sweetener, let me tell you – not all no- or low-calorie sweeteners are made the same. Some are great for cooking or baking such as sucralose or Splenda, as it’s commonly known. Its a stable sweetener. Other sweeteners are fabulous for their taste, if you don’t prefer the taste of sucralose. Some people like how they’re obtained from natural sources, as in the case of stevia or agave nectar. I actually did try agave nectar with this one. The dark version has a taste surprisingly like pancake syrup by itself. So I thought it would be the perfect choice for this recipe. What I didn’t realize is that it DOES NOT like heat. It was crispy before the first 15 minutes were up. I was really quite surprised. It turned out a lot better when switched up to the sucralose in the mix.I can also happily report that this is kid approved. As soon as I had them try it, they all wanted some yogurt to put it on. I call that a serious win.
You know what else is really, really good and kid approved? Quick Mini Quiches can be made a million ways and are a cheesy, easy way to send your kids to school with breakfast in their stomachs. Try it and tell me what you think!
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup wheat germ
- 1/2 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar free pancake syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Combine all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and then mix until evenly coated.
- Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and then spread granola mix over the sheet evenly. You can also line with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Place sheet in oven and allow to bake 45 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool, then store in an airtight container or plastic bag.
- Serving size is roughly 3 tbsp. of finished granola. The recipe yields about 3 cups.