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If you are anything like us, you’d like to snack on a healthy granola rather often. Probably more often than is good for us. However, it’s enough that we thought about making one ourselves that doesn’t have too many added sugars and gives you those healthy fats that you need.

Below, you’ll find a recipe we’ve put together that gives you a sweet and crunchy granola to suit your sweet tooth and desire for a crunch but gives you the options of adding the nuts you want. You can go for these below to keep the calorie count down, but you can choose between whole, chopped or sliced.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 1 cup of cashews
  • 1 cup of coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup of flaxseeds or chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup (pure is best)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (if you like the taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking pan, lay out parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and use a spoon or your hand to really mix everything, as the maple syrup can make it a bit difficult.
  3. Put the granola mix on the pan, ensuring you spread it out. You want it to cook evenly.
  4. Bake the granola for about 45 minutes, checking every 15 minutes. Depending on your oven, some may bake faster or slower than others. You are looking for a golden-brown look that will give it a crunch!
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool a bit before handling. Store the granola in an air-tight container. It can last up to three weeks, making it an easy breakfast topping.

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