Lets talk about granola. I have always thought of it as something that is considered healthy, but ends up not being so healthy because of all the added sugar. For that reason, I don’t really eat it that often. But when I recieved a request for granola, I realized that I had never actually made any and took it as an invitation to make a low-ish sugar version. It seemed easy enough so I was excited to get in the kitchen and try my hand at it. I added chocolate on a whim, because well, its chocolate and chocolate makes everything better so this granola is really yummy.
I’ve mentioned before how I am not a natural in the kitchen by any stretch so you should not be surprised when I tell you that I burned this three times before I got the cook time and tempurature down. SMH at all the oats I wasted. Wasting food is not something I do lightly. Its with a heavy heart I throw away something that could have been eaten. In Los Angeles, 25% percent of the population lives at or below the poverty line. Yes 1 out of 4!! Every time I see someone on the street with a “homeless and hungry” sign something pulls at my gut, I get twisted up inside. Food plays such an important role in my life, and the thought of living without it makes me count my blessing every single day I wake up in this life of abundance I have been blessed with. If you are reading this, I invite you to take a moment of gratitude for all that you have in this life. Gratitude changes what you have into enough. Its hard to be mad when you have gratitude.
This recipe is crunchy, wholesome, sweet, nutty, chocolatey goodness.
Preheat oven to 325F or 350F degrees. My oven runs a little hotter than normal, so I burned the oats at 350F degrees, but 325F worked perfect. You know your oven better than I do.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oil, maple and vanilla. Mix well. Then add the oats, spices, salt, pumpkin and coconut. Slowly mix together with a spatula.
Spread granola in an even layer on a large rimmed baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then stir the mixture and bake for another 10 minutes.
Check the granola after 20 minutes to confirm it is done. Just taste a small bit, be careful not to burn yourself. Then let it cool completely and store in an air tight container for up to two weeks. Enjoy!