Auntie C’s Granola

Pretty, but the snow probably isn't good for the tulips!

When my (amazing) Auntie C visited over Christmas, she brought with her a big bag of homemade granola. We meant to save it for breakfast, but someone opened the bag to start munching and before we knew it the whole thing was gone! I’d been meaning to make her recipe since then, and it did not disappoint.

After a weekend with friends in rainy Montreal, I woke up to a slushy wonderland in Ottawa this morning.
Cozy in my PJs, this granola was beyond perfect with some Greek yogurt and my morning coffee.

Montréal, je t'aime.

Having never made my own granola before I was happy with how easy it was! I love the “artisan”  organic type of granola you can get at the store, but this is so much cheaper and you can use whatever ingredients you like and have on hand.
It tastes great with fruit and yogurt or milk, on its own as a healthy snack and if you packaged it nicely it would even make a nice treat for someone else (a friend who skips breakfast?!). There’s a lot to like about this easy and delicious granola. 

Auntie C’s Granola

3 cups rolled oats
½ cup olive oil
⅓ cup maple syrup
1 tsp brown sugar
¾ cup coconut flakes/shredded coconut
dried fruit

Mix all ingredients except for dried fruit in a big bowl.
Spread thinly over two baking sheets.
Bake for ten minutes at 325°F, take out and stir. Repeat.
Add any dried fruit of your choice and bake again for ten minutes.

I added 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds and a tablespoon of ground flax seed, I also made half of the granola nut free for the allergic twin, and in the other half I added sliced almonds. Both are delicious! I’m excited to make other variations with this great recipe.

Just for you, T!

Police gather inside the congress center in Montreal after protests/riots on Saturday; they could've fueled up on this granola!

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