I've never been a big fan of granola because the store bought kinds are full of fat and sugar. I tried making it at home awhile back, but most of the recipes I found call for the same: tons of sweetener and some kind of oil. I accidentally made this version of granola the other day while attempting to throw together some breakfast bars. The end result was too crumbly and a little too moist to hold the form of a bar, but I decided to keep it anyway. :)
I've been putting it in yogurt and cereal, and it's perfect. The recipe is pretty versatile. You could substitute the almonds for any other kind of nut. Also, the dates could be replaced with another dried fruit like cranberries or raisins. I just happen to prefer the dates because they're a little bit sweeter. However with that being said, this isn't a sweet granola at all.
1 cup roasted almonds
1 cup toasted oats
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 small orange, zest & juice
2 cups pitted dates
1 tablespoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a baking dish with the coconut oil. (I used a 7.5 x 11 dish.)
Place the almonds in a food processor, and pulse a few times. Add the oats, coconut, orange zest and cinnamon and pulse a few more times (3-4 pulses each time should be sufficient.) Remove contents and place in a large bowl.
Place the juice from the orange, dates and vanilla in the food processor and process until a paste forms.
Add the dry ingredients back to the food processor and pulse a few more times, until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, and press down firmly so that the surface is mostly smooth, and it's packed tightly.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool completely. When it's cool turn the dish over on top of a cookie sheet (or a lined, flat surface will do) and gently tap until the granola comes out.
Crumble and store in an airtight container.