I had the absolute PLEASURE of throwing one of my best friends a bridal shower this May. In my attempt to be Martha Stewart (a girl can dream) I wanted everyone to have a parting gift to remember the joyous occasion. There is nothing better than celebrating two people committing to each other!
My friend Emily is all about being outdoors and loves eating healthy!! At first I thought, oh candy in mason jars perfect. The more I thought about it I was like…who the heck wants candy!!? We aren’t 5. So what could I make…hmmm. Then it hit me…GRANOLA! It’s homemade but easy to do and make in large batches.
To make enough granola for the 40+ people invited it took me 6 batches, I may or may not have been pouring some into a tasting bowl throughout baking though
Here’s how to make this wonderfully sweet maple almond granola!!
3 cups steel cut oats
1 cup whole raw almonds, 1/2 cup chopped 1/2 cup whole
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of cinnamon
6 Tablespoons real maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tablespoons agave or honey your choice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup dried fruit I used cranberries
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet with coconut oil.
- Combine oats, almonds, pecans, sesame seeds, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil in maple syrup and honey. Once melted remove from heat and stir in vanilla and almond extracts. Pour into oat mixture then stir until well coated.
- Spread mixture onto prepared baking sheet then bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until granola is golden brown (granola will not be crunchy when hot.) Cool completely then stir in dried fruit.