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Candied Macadamia Nut & Almond Granola

In my opinion, granola is a great staple to always have on hand. It’s a quick and simple breakfast option paired with yogurt or milk, a perfect snack for when you are on the go, and it also makes for a delicious topping for ice cream or frozen yogurt. The prices I have seen for granola, especially gourmet granola, are a little outrageous. Once you realize how easy it is to make you will never want to buy store-bought granola again. Another great advantage of homemade granola is less sugar. Most store-bought brands add so much sugar, resulting in a sickeningly sweet granola. They market it as healthy which is a bit silly. I use natural sugars such as agave nectar, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and honey. You can feel good about this granola and also know it’s suitable for vegan and gluten free diets.

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten free oats
3 tablespoons chia seeds
¼ cup coconut oil, softened
¼ cup agave nectar
pinch of salt

1 cup macadamia nuts
1 cup slivered almonds
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

1 cup raisins

To make:

Preheat oven to 300℉. In a large bowl, combine oats, chia seeds, and salt. Gently mix to combine. In a smaller bowl, add coconut oil and agave nectar. Whisk until liquid mixture is uniform in color. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix to saturate oats. Spread out in a thin layer on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add nuts to toast. Allow them to toast for about 5 minutes while shaking the pan frequently to prevent the nuts from burning. Once they are toasted turn heat to low. Add maple syrup and coconut sugar. Continue to cook on low for 2 minutes while stirring the nuts to coat. Remove from pan and sprinkle with cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

Once the granola has been removed from the oven, add candied nuts and the raisins. Gently mix to combine. Let granola cool completely before storing in glass jars or tupperware containers.

Enjoy!