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Healthy Granola

  • Author: Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat bran (wheat germ is a good alternative)
  • 1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes (flax is a good alternative)
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup (honey or agave is a good substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon (heaping) cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt (I tend to use almost 1 teaspoon, I like sweet & salty)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup dried plums, chopped (any dried fruit is a good substitute)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, or coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients but egg whites and dried fruit. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Whisk the egg whites until frothy and a light white color. Stir the egg whites into the granola until all ingredients are well coated.
  4. Spread the mixture in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake 45–55 minutes. Halfway through the baking time, carefully use a spatula to flip over large sections of the granola. Try not to break it up too much.
  5. Once the granola is lightly browned and feels dry to touch remove from oven and allow to cool on pans. The granola will become crunchier as it cools, so make sure not to over bake it.
  6. Once it has completely cooled, break up into desired clusters and sprinkle with dried fruit.
  7. Recipe Note: Nuts are a great addition to this recipe. Any kind works but I prefer walnuts, pecans, pistachios and almonds.