For Mother’s Day this year, which typically coincides with my dad’s birthday, we decided to do homemade gifts. For Mom/Grammy, we made homemade granola, since it’s one of her favorite foods. She loved it! So, when we decided we wanted to do something special for her again this week, since she always helps us out, we decided why not make some more! Since this wasn’t my first rodeo, I tweaked the recipe a bit and came up with something fabulous. I hope you like it too! Adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s Granola Bark.
Here’s what you need:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon almond extract (you could also do vanilla, but I found the almond gave it a richer flavor)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 1/4 cups sliced almonds (or chopped almonds)
1 1/4 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup chia seeds (even if you omit this, it will still be delicious)
1/2 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut oil (or olive oil, but again, the coconut oil enhances the taste)
1 egg white, whisked until frothy
Here’s what you do:
1. Combine the honey, maple syrup, sugar, water, almond extract and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir to allow the sugar to dissolve. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds, coconut, chia seeds, and almond flour, and mix well to combine.
4. Whisk the coconut oil into the cooled sugar mixture. Then, whisk the frothy egg white into the sugar mixture.
5. Pour the liquid over the oats, and stir well to combine.
6. Spread the mixture flat on the baking sheet, and use the back of the spoon to lightly pat the mixture down.
7. Bake 35-45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes to ensure even brownness, until the granola is starting to look golden brown and toasted.
8. Allow to cool, then break into chunks. While I haven’t tried it yet, I think this would be a great time to stir in any desired additions–1 cup dried blueberries, or some chopped dates or dried apricots, or even some chocolate chips or peanut butter.