Homemade Granola with Almonds, Coconut and Figs

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I heard how easy homemade granola is to make and I was like “Yeah, yeah…You know what else is easy? Picking up a package at the store.” And then one winter night, during a particular nesting frenzy, I broke down and made a (giant, of course) batch and now I GET IT. Here is the clumpy and delicious first recipe that I made. It actually is quite simple, but more importantly, there is no comparison in taste and texture to store-bought granola. Even my favorite local brand that can only be purchased at the farmer’s market cannot compare to homemade. It’s can’t-keep-your-hands-out-of-it delicious. 

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For one thing, with homemade, you can control the ingredients and put whatever you want into it, and nothing that you don’t want. Prefer pecans to almonds? Apricots to figs? Want to use up those chia or flax seeds that you bought on a whim, thinking you’d start adding them to the morning smoothies that never quite fit into your routine? Have half a package of craisins that you loved in your salads for two weeks in February? Oats that have been waiting patiently since January to be made for breakfast? The other thing is the texture is superior to store-bought; it’s perfectly crispy and not jaw-breaker hard. 

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I found this particular recipe on The Modern Proper food blog, and in the spirit of cleaning out the pantry, since that’s what prompted their recipe, I remembered that I had some dried figs loitering in the front of mine. I also added flax seeds that I bought for a recipe that never materialized and I can’t even remember what it was. This large flake coconut is the bomb, I know I’ve said it before but better get used to it because now I found it in the bulk aisle at the farmer’s market. If you don’t know where to get it, Bob’s Red Mill brand is in some grocery stores or here on amazon. Feel free to customize this recipe with whatever you’ve got on hand. You can’t mess it up. One tip I will add: do not skip (or forget, as in my case) spraying the foil with oil before baking the granola. It will stick when it cools. 

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It takes 20 minutes. Including baking time! 

Granola with Almonds, Coconut and Figs
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Cook Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups rolled oats
  2. 2 1/2 cups sliced almonds (or any kind of nuts)
  3. 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes
  4. 2 tbsp flax seeds (optional)
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 cup coconut oil (or canola oil)
  7. 1/2 cup honey
  8. 1 tsp vanilla or the paste scraped from one vanilla bean
  9. 2 tsp almond extract
  10. 2 cups dried figs (or any kind of dried fruit)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Oil the foil to prevent the granola from sticking when it cools.
  2. Toss oats, nuts, coconut, seeds and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, honey, vanilla and almond extract. Stir into oat mixture.
  4. Spread onto the foil lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring the granola half way through baking.
  5. Once the granola is finished baking, let it cool for 15 minutes. Once cooled, crumble the granola and stir in the dried fruit.
  6. Enjoy!
Adapted from The Modern Proper
Adapted from The Modern Proper
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  1. Candy
    May 17, 2017

    Now that you gave me some to taste, I am totally hooked! I can see that I am going to have to make this granola! Quick question, can you use parchment paper or nonstick foil to line the pan or is the oil important in the mixture for taste?

    • jennypakradooni@verizon.net
      May 25, 2017

      Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! I’ve not tried nonstick foil but I used parchment with another granola recipe with success! I’ll trade you figs for more granola. 😉 I just saw this! Lol

      • Candy
        May 26, 2017

        You are on!!!

  2. Monica Yasgur Stoltzfus
    May 25, 2017

    Ok …so this is A BIG DEAL I was inspired to make this homemade granola and OMG it is fantastic the good news is it was absolutely spectacular the bad news I may never eat another granola again.

    • jennypakradooni@verizon.net
      May 25, 2017

      Ummm, yeah!! That is a BIG DEAL. I was actually shocked when you told me you made it! 😂😂 Were in the same boat. I think I’m going to hang out with this one for a while! 😉

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