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Almond Coconut Granola

We are notorious oat consumers. We put oats in EVERYTHING, from cookies to protein shakes to yogurt, and anything else we feel could use some extra texture. This means we think beyond breakfast with our oat passion, and bring them into lunches, dinner, snacks, and general food add-ons. We could go on and on about the multi purposes uses of oats, how they can be used in almost anything, and served warm, cold or dry but since no one has time for that, we will hit you with the basics.

For this recipe, our key ingredient is: Oats

Here’s why we care about this recipe:

  • Oats are incredibly nutrition dense. They are high in carbs, but unlike most other grains, they are rich in vitamins, healthy fats, fiber and protein, all while being relatively low in calorie content They contain a lot of antioxidants as well, which are beneficial to your skin, protecting against damaging free radicals that can come from exposure to things like second hand smoke and radiation. This leads to a reduction in signs of aging. Huge win, in our book!
  • One of the biggest benefits of oats is their ability to lower cholesterol. If you are looking to improve your heart health, look no further than an oat-based dish. They have been shown to reduce the risk of many cardiovascular diseases, since they are full of soluble fiber.
  • They keep you full longer, since they are such a dense, slow to digest food. This means you will be snacking less throughout your day, and feel more satisfied between meals.
  • Oats are friendly to many different diet styles. While it is always recommended to double check the packaging, most oats are gluten free and vegan friendly. They can even be used to make oat milk, which means they are perfect for all you lactose intolerant souls.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups rolled oats (gluten free)
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (or coconut flakes)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (use agave or maple syrup for vegan option)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, almonds, coconut, chia seeds, coconut brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together melted coconut oil, honey and vanilla.
  4. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  5. Prepare a parchment lined (or silicon mat lined) baking sheet and pour the granola mixture on top.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before storing, this will ensure the granola is deliciously crunchy.

 

NUTRITION INFORMATION Yield: 20 servings, Serving Size: ⅓ cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150, Total Fat: 8.9g, Saturated Fat: 5.2g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 61mg, Total Carbohydrates: 15.3g, Dietary Fiber: 3g, Total Sugars: 4.7g, Protein: 3g

 

Let us know how you like this recipe in the comments below!

XO, Amanda and Christina

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