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Granola is one of those staple foods that I try to keep stocked in my pantry. It's a quick, easy & delicious snack or meal that's extremely versatile and I most often have the ingredients (or some version) on hand.
As versatile as homemade granola is, it's important to get the ratios of ingredients correct if you want a good texture. I don't know about you but I like my oats crispy with perfectly toasted, crunchy nuts and seeds that pop in my mouth with soft, chewy bits of fruit. This is not at all demanding and easily achievable.
This is my Golden ratio:
4 parts oats (or other grain)
2 parts nuts/seeds/coconut
1 part dried fruit
1 part oil & sweetener
salt & spices
For this recipe I somehow still happened to have some Pumpkin Spice Mix that I made a month ago so.....Pumpkin Spiced Granola it is! But please....use whatever you have on hand, you can make a different version everytime. This is the beauty of homemade granola.
4 cups slow cooking oats
2 cups nuts & seeds (I used pumpkin, sunflower, cashews, slivered almonds and shredded coconut)
1.5 Tbsp Pumpkin Spice mix (cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cardamom are all delicious too!)
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil (you can use whatever oil you have on hand, I prefer coconut, olive oil or butter)
1/2 cup honey & maple syrup (I couldn't make up my mind so I used both, either is delicious)
1 tsp vanilla extract
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