Makes: 8 servings
Time: Prep time – 5 minutes, Cook time – 25 minutes
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
¾ cup slivered almonds
¾ cup pecans
½ cup walnuts
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
½ Tablespoon ground flaxseed
Pinch fine sea salt
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup dried fruit of choice
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 325 F with rack in the center of the oven.
In a large bowl, mix the coconut flakes, slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and sea salt together.
In a small skillet, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Add in the maple syrup and stir to combine.
Add the maple syrup and coconut oil mixture to the nut mixture and toss to coat evenly.
On a parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheet, spread the granola mixture out evenly. Using the back of a spatula, press the granola down firmly (this helps ensure large crunchy clusters).
Bake for 25 minutes and then let cool completely. Break into large clusters and stir in dried fruit and pumpkin seeds.
Pay attention to the granola during the last 5 minutes of baking. Depending on how hot your oven runs, it may bake a little faster and granola tends to burn quickly.
Store in an airtight container.
If you use a silicone baking mat, the granola will be crunchier, but it will also burn more quickly. Pay extra attention to it at the end of baking if using a silicone baking mat.
To make your clusters extra crunchy and a bit larger, you could add a couple of Tablespoons granulated sugar into the nut mixture, too.
I prefer not to bake the pumpkin seeds and dried fruit, but if you’d like them baked take the granola out after 20 minutes and mix them into the granola (being sure to leave large clusters in the granola). Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until done. The fruit will burn if you add it in the beginning, so it’s important to wait.
If you want to add chocolate chips to this granola, there are two options. If you want the chocolate chips to melt and create chocolate coated clusters, mix them in as soon as the granola comes out of the oven. If you want the chocolate chips to remain whole, wait until the granola has cooled completely to add them in.