12.15.2014

simple gingerbread granola

Simple gingerbread granola. A healthy, easy recipe that takes about 20 minutes and has the great flavor of gingerbread. | realfoodsimple.com

This homemade gingerbread granola is a really simple recipe that takes about 20 minutes and has all the yummy gingerbread flavor of the season.

Homemade granola is one of the easiest things to make. Although this one happens to be gingerbread flavor, you can use whatever flavors you like.



Ingredients

~3 cups rolled oats - I like this brand
1/4 cup chopped almonds*
~4 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp molasses
1 teaspoon ginger
1 Tbsp flax seed meal**

Directions

Preheat overn to 350 degrees.
Spread oats on a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes. You will want to periodically stir them so that they do not burn. If you want to speed up this toasting time, you can broil them, but you have to watch them very carefully because they will burn easily.
When you have about 1 minute left you can throw the almonds in and toast them as well. They will cook very fast  also so watch carefully.
As your oats are cooking, combine the coconut oil, honey, molasses and spices in a small saucepan over low heat. You just want these ingredients to melt and meld together.
Once the oats and almonds are done, take them out of the oven and add the flax seed meal.
Then pour the sauce over the oats and mix it all well.

Granola goes great with plain yogurt. Here is how you can easily make it at home.



*I used 1/4 cup because that is all I had left. Feel free to add more, or add a different nut, or none at all. 

**Flax seed meal is also optional. We had some, so I decided to throw it in and increase the omega-3 fats and some fiber. Just make sure to add it at the end, you do not want to put the flax in with the oats and toast it because it will definitely burn!

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