Mixed Nut ‘Nola
     by Jamie Kelm, INHC

This granola recipe is a healthier and less expensive alternative to the store-bought brands out there. You can use this recipe as a base and really get creative by swapping out the types of nuts you use or changing the dried fruit. You can enjoy this granola over a bowl of creamy, grass-fed yogurt or eat it like a cereal with almond or coconut milk. This recipe yields about 8 cups of granola so one batch can last you and your family for days.

You Will Need:

  • 5 cups oats
  • 2 cups chopped nuts (any combination of your choice- pecans, walnuts, and almonds work well)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (any combination of your choice- chopped figs, raisins, and goji berries work well)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • honey to taste
  • pinch of sea salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. While the oven is heating up, put the oats in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the chopped nuts to the mixing bowl and combine.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract, almond oil, and cinnamon.
  5. Lay out the oats and nuts flat onto the baking sheet and drizzle honey on top. You can add a pinch of sea salt if desired.
  6. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Keep a close eye on it because the nuts can burn fast.
  7. When the oats and nuts are toasted, put them back in the mixing bowl and stir in the dried fruit of your choice.

 

Enjoy! To see a more in depth explanation of how to prepare this recipe, along with pictures and more ideas for creating your own unique granola, check out the blog post: https://jamiekelmblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/mixed-nut-nola/