Fig and Coconut Granola

An oven baked granola with minimally processed ingredients and light seasonings.

Ingredients:

  • 7 c. Raw Oats
  • 2 c. Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 c. Slivered Almonds
  • 2 c. Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 c. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Seasonings:

  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Ginger

Mix the dry ingredients together

  • 3/4 c. Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 1 c. Honey
  • 1 c. Raisins
  • 1 c. Dried Figs, cut up in small pieces

Mix everything together with a mixer, a spoon, or your hands. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake in the oven at 275° for 90 minutes. Be sure to rotate and stir the pans every 20-30 minutes and take them out of the oven when the granola is golden brown.

What I love about this granola recipe is that you can mix and match many of the different items in it. Change it according to what you have in your kitchen and what your tastes are. For example, if you like pecans but not walnuts, use pecans instead. Or if you have 3 cups of almonds and only 1 cup of walnuts, use that! It will work the same. As long as your total quantity of nuts matches the recipe, you can make any combination you want. You can use 5 different nuts if you want. Just match the total quantity to the recipe. Exchange the pepitas for the sunflower seeds, or go half and half with the seeds if you want. The dried fruit can also be exchanged. Making this batch of granola was actually the first time I ever used dried figs in my granola. I usually put apricots in there with the raisins, but I didn’t have apricots and I did have figs. So I used those instead. Also, pure maple syrup could be halved with the honey if you want the added sweetness and flavor of the syrup. If you don’t have enough coconut oil, try halving it with pure butter, or even using all butter if you don’t have coconut oil. However, I like the light feeling of the coconut oil.

In this recipe, I didn’t use very many spices. Colt likes to keep the spice down for his heavy training days. His body tends to react better to simple food while working out but he needs some added salt. So I kept the salt level high while decreasing the spice level. You can change the spices as you see fit.

When purchasing ingredients like what are in this granola, it’s important to remember to check the labels. Try to buy products with only one ingredient. Recently, I accidentally purchased some almonds that were manufactured with oil. It was a brand I trusted previously, but they apparently changed their manufacturing process to add oil to their almonds. I don’t need extra oil in my life so I returned them to buy almonds with only one ingredient in the package: Almonds.

I hope this granola works for you. I like to make a lot at once and refrigerate or freeze it. Happy making!

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