Fig Spiced Granola

Fig Spiced Granola

One of my favorite breakfasts, hands down, is granola with yogurt and berries. There are SO many granola options out in the stores these days, but I find it's so easy to make on my own. I am always looking for new recipes to try, and recently came across a variation that included some warmer spices and figs - which I also love. This variation is also gluten and nut free. Seeds boost your magnesium intake - which is key for healthy bones and energy production.

One of the things I love about granola is that it's so easy to customize to your tastes. I have figs in this one, but feel free to substitute your own favorite dried fruit or even...chocolate chips for a more decadent breakfast treat!

Yield: 5 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup almond or sunflower seed butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled, gluten free oats
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup dried figs (or dried fruit of your choice, but figs are REALLY great with this)

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Heat almond butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat.
  • Remove mixture from heat once it has liquified.
  • Once slightly cooled, add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the coconut oil mixture.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients except of the figs, in a large bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to coat evenly.
  • Spread the granola out in a single layer on the baking sheet, and back for 25 minutes, checking every 10 minutes and giving it a quick stir.
  • Remove from oven once slightly browned.
  • Once cooled, add figs or your choice of dried fruit.
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