This granola recipe is mouthwatering, versatile, and holiday-stress-free. I always look forward to going home so that I can re-stock my dorm room supply of this perfect granola. I like to double to recipe because my family will eat about half of my granola before I go back to school.


-1 1/2 cups oats

-1/4 cup pepitas 

-1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

-1 1/4 cups raw almonds or pecans or cashews or walnuts (it's so hard to choose!)

-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 to 2 tbsp coconut sugar

-1/4 tsp salt

--a handful of dried fruit (I used raisins and goji berries, but dried blueberries work really well.)

-handful of flaked coconut

-1/4 cup equal parts honey and maple syrup

-3 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil

-1 teaspoon good vanilla extract

-holiday spirit!!

How to Make It:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Assemble your ingredients. First, give your nuts a rough chop. Then put the nuts, oats, seeds, dried fruit, cinnamon, salt, and coconut sugar in a large bowl and combine the mixture with a large spoon.

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Next, melt the coconut oil (either on the stove or in the microwave). Combine the coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl. Then pour the coconut oil mixture into your dry ingredients, and stir around until the nuts, oats, etc are coated. 

Dump the granola mixture onto a baking sheet, and spread into an even layer, either with your hands or a spatula. Now the granola is ready to go into the oven.

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After 15 minutes, take the granola out (it will already smell amazing), and sprinkle the coconut atop it. Put it back in the oven for 5-10 minutes, checking often and stirring the granola around so that it doesn't burn. 

Once you take the granola out, let it cool completely before storing it in an air-tight container. And if it's gone before you go back to college, it's okay. Just make more. Enjoy!