(and this is what I had on tap this morning. It changes, so feel free to use what's available in your kitchen)
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup coconut flakes (I added a bit more because I love the texture of coconut flakes)
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup maple syrup (this time I added about 2 more tablespoons as I'm feeling sweet this morning)
1 tsp. vanilla (sometimes I pour a little over)
Mix first 7 ingredients together in a bowl (oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, vanilla and salt). Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat up 1/4 cup coconut oil. Once it has melted, add the maple syrup and vanilla. Stir into bowl that was set aside with granola mixture. I use a rubber spatula to really get in there and make sure everything is mixed nicely.
Next step is not necessary, but makes for a great texture: Get out your high speed blender or food processor. Transfer about 2/3 of the granola mixture to the blender/processor and pulse. Just make sure you don't turn this into dust. You still want some chunks. The purpose of this is to break down the mixture a little bit.
Once you are satisfied with what your blended/pulsed mixture looks like, transfer that back to the bowl with the other 1/3. Mix well.
Spread mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been oiled with coconut oil (today I used a deeper set pan). Use a rubber spatula to push down the mixture firmly.
Place in oven for 20-25 minutes on 325 F. Do continually check on your granola -- as it can easily burn.
Enjoy in your favorite way. I love to add it to a bowl of yogurt, with blackberries and line the outside of my bowl with honey.
By Meredith Cameron
Learning that she and we are more capable than we give ourselves credit for, Meredith Cameron creates space for students to reach out, dig deeper, and not take themselves too seriously. Yoga and traveling are two life loves that seem to go hand and hand. Follow Meredith around the world with her workshops and retreats - 500+ hour CYT. To find out more about Meredith visit www.mcameronyoga.com
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