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.