As I mentioned during the post on homemade yogurt, Robert and I have begun eating fruit and yogurt parfaits on a daily basis for both breakfast and dessert. One key component to these parfaits is the granola sprinkled on top to add crunch and flavor. Up until recently I would use store bought granola for our parfaits and it worked just fine. That was until I made homemade vanilla almond granola and we realized that the granola sold in the store isn't near as good.
In trying my hand at making my own granola I discovered that it's not as difficult as I had previously thought. Additionally, the benefits gained in both taste and control over the ingredients is such that I cannot think of any reason why I would ever switch back to purchasing granola ever again. I highly encourage you to give this recipe a try. You'll be glad that you did.
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Vanilla Almond Granola
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons coconut oil (or other flavorless oil such as canola)
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. In a large bowl, pour in the 2 cups of oats.
Add the 3 tablespoons of coconut oil.