As I’m clumsily wandering through the first month of the new year and my first month as a healthier new me, finding healthy recipes that actually taste good are of top priority! This new conquest has me returning to some old recipes I consistently cooked with when I worked at Red Mountain Spa in St. George, UT. Those were the days and I miss them from time to time. It would be nice to head back there and be a guest for once. Come to think of it, maybe a getaway to one of the most breathtaking places in the US (in my opinion) would help with my winter blues. Southern Utah an endless supply of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, four wheeling, horseback riding… just to name a few. It is seriously the most magical place, aside from California, that I’ve ever lived in. Sorry Charleston and Minnesota, but when it comes to nature and an adventurous lifestyle, those two places win!
Anyways, I’m really getting sidetracked here! This Honey Harvest Granola is a rendition of the granola we made at the Spa. The guests would devour it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all of the hiking, biking, kayaking, and outdoor excursions we sent them on. We probably went through 50-100 gallons a week; a gallon of that likely inhaled by me. It was not easy to resist snacking on it during the day. With the Honey Harvest Granola, I’ve altered the sugars amounts and threw in some coconut oil (because coconut oil is super healthy for you.) I also added in chia seeds, along with a few other adjustments. However, the outcome is still amazing and addictive.
This Honey Harvest Granola is the ideal breakfast or dessert when paired with greek yogurt (I usually do plain since it has less sugar.) Similarly, it makes an incredible midday snack when I need something filling to tie me over until dinner. Can we also talk about dessert, because I find it hard to resist something sweet after dinner. With granola in our house, I feel a tad bit better reaching for that instead of ice cream or my favorite, peanut butter M&Ms! I do like to toss some white chocolate chips into my “dessert” granola, eek! (obviously not as healthy.)
However, what is healthy are some of the ingredients in this granola, starting with molasses. This powerhouse syrup is LOADED with so many amazing health benefits I was definitely not aware of, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. On top of that, you add in the coconut oil and chia seeds, and this is a seriously healthy and delicious must-try granola recipe!
- 6 cups rolled oats
- 2 cups pumpkin seeds
- 2 cups sunflower seeds
- 1 cup pecans rough chopped
- 1 cup almonds
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup craisins
- 1 cup apricots chopped
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 cups apple cider
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 1/4 cups honey
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
Preheat oven to 325°F / 150°C.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.
In a large bowl combine oats, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans, and chia seeds. Dried fruit will be added at the end.
In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, mix together coconut oil, apple cider, molasses, honey and salt. Bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat. Pour maple mixture over oat mixture. Gently stir until combined.
Spread mixture out in an even layer on a lined baking sheet and press firmly with the back of a spatula to ensure that the mixture is compact. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until deep golden and fragrant. Another good way to test it is by tasting an almond, which takes the longest to cook – it should taste nutty and pleasantly roasted. Beware of burning granola!
Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temp. (if granola doesn’t start to crisp up as it’s cooling, add it back into the oven to roast a bit longer.) Add dried fruit into cool granola mixture. Store in tightly sealed container. Best eaten within 1 week.
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