Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Packaged foods always have extra preservatives. Making things homemade allows you to know what exactly goes into your food and makes it that much tastier when it has been created with your own two hands. I love making sure I have oats in my pantry because they are so versatile in the kitchen. I create all different kinds of recipes with them: oatmeal, no-cook oat balls, granola, granola bars, cookies, etc. This homemade granola recipe is definitely worth trying out. It's an easy go-to for breakfast, snacks, topped over ice cream, or tossed into a salad. The other perk is it is SO customizable. Add more oats, add less seeds and more dried fruit, add whatever flavors you want. Don't be scared to veer off from this recipe and make it your own!

Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola

What you'll need:

2 cups of rolled oats
1/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup of shelled hemp seeds
1/2 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup of cacao nibs
1 tsp of cinnamon (or more if you want more cinnamon flavor)
pinch of salt
dash of vanilla extract
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup of honey
1 tbsp melted coconut oil (optional)
1 flaxseed "egg" (1 tbsp ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp water)
*Optional: dried fruit of your choice (i.e. raisins, apples, etc)

1. Preheat oven to 300°F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper (compostable) or grease your pan.

2. Prepare your flaxseed "egg" by combining 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Let it sit. 

3. Combine the oats, coconut, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and salt together. 

4. Then combine the vanilla extract, maple syrup, honey, and coconut oil. Mix in flaxseed "egg". 

5. Spread evenly over your pan. Bake for 45-55 minutes (you can mix the granola half way if you're worried about burning). Granola will be lightly browned and dry to the touch. 

6. Take it out. Allow it to cool. 

7.  Break apart. Mix it with dried fruit. Store in an air tight container, glass preferable. It should last up to 2 weeks. Mix it with your favorite milk, yogurt, fresh fruit, whatever! Just enjoy. 

Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola

Shayna Shattelroe

25 years old. Mama to Maddox. Word weaver. Lover of love. Coffee addict. Psychological science student. 

A woman of curious nature, my name is Shayna. I am wild & reserved. Humbled & proud. Quiet & clamorous. Strange & familiar. I live in the trees of New England typing away as lifestyle blogger. You can always find me with a coffee cup in one hand and a book in the other.

Blogging since 2005, I’ve had an innumerable amount of blogs on a vast number of platforms. Finally, I’ve found one to call home: The Lovely Cicada. This blog is a piece of myself I extend to you.

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Books are my favorite and I have them strewn around my home. A wonderful way to style them is on coffee and end tables. Sometimes topped with a vase or small object, or sometimes just stacked one on top of the other. Um, how perfect is that? You get a beautiful decor and a way to gain insight. It's such a simple and useful way to add a little design to your home and a great way to adorn your empty tables.

And another tip for inexpensive art? Cut out one of your favorite pages and frame it. Boom. Simple, easy, cheap. 

Anyway, these are my top 5 favorite coffee table books.

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