Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Maple Coconut Granola

       This recipe is a family favorite. It is perfect to pack as a treat in lunch boxes or to take on hikes. Because the serving size depends on what we are using it for it is difficult to say how much it costs per serving, but the whole batch costs between $1.00 and $2.00, depending on whether I use organic ingredients or not.

       I usually batch cook this, which means I simply double the ingredients. It stays fresh for a week in an airtight container and for up to two months in the freezer.

       There are two reasons I make this from scratch, instead of buying it from a store. The first is that this tastes MUCH better than any store-bought version we've ever had. The second is that it is actually healthy. I've looked at every brand at our local health food store and every one of them had, at least, one of the following: cane sugar (in other words, refined sugar), canola oil, or salt. Most of the brands had all three. And please realize, these were the healthiest brands. Don't get me started on all the trash that's in most of the store bought brands. It is much tastier and healthier to make this at home. On that note, it is important that on the back of the maple syrup bottle that the only ingredient listed is maple syrup. Many brands add all sorts of unhealthy ingredients to make it cheaper. Don't be fooled.

       Be warned! This granola is extraordinarily healthy, but it tastes like candy. It is packed with natural, healthy energy, but that means it is not low calorie. Just because it is healthy doesn't mean we eat it all the time. It is used to fuel long hikes/workouts and as a treat.

       I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!

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