Granola is one food we eat in massive quantities. One of my favorite breakfasts of all time is a big bowl of granola with yogurt and berries. I knew one day I would tackle making granola without all the honey and maple syrup in it – because let’s face something here…I like a challenge.
We’re in another one of my 11 Southern Living Cookbooks – 1984 (in case the FTC is reading this, that’s an affiliate link –but I doubt they’re reading since this is a blog about being smart with money). In 1984, I was 3. I have been told I was an angel when I was 3. Actually, that’s a lie. I was not an angel. My Mama says I talked all the time and my Daddy says I’d argue with a fencepost. Now that I’m thinking on it…I still have both of those qualities.
I get really great ideas looking through these cookbooks – a lot of the recipes in them give me an idea that I run with and then create my own recipe…kinda like this granola that I tweaked. If you see these at yard sales, pick them up – they’re great fun.
This recipe is called Crunchy Granola. It originally called for brown sugar, raisins and vegetable oil…all things we don’t eat here. But I knew with some tweaking I could create another great granola recipe.
I replaced the brown sugar with stevia…and I nixed the nuts and wheat germ. I added egg whites + water as a binder instead of using sugar or maple syrup. It worked very well and I think I’ll continue using that method. It was like a EUREKA moment for me. I get those a lot…but I’m usually in the bathroom. Don’t ask.
I added unsweetened goji berries (you could also use dried cranberries) and freeze-dried strawberries in place of the raisins and nuts. I love it! Annie hates it…she just wants her granola plain. I learned my lesson when spending about 10 minutes picking out the berries from her mixed up parfait.
To add a coconut flavor to this, I used some coconut flour and coconut extract. You could leave those out if you like…not really. Don’t do that. Then this wouldn’t be Crunchy Coconut Granola. Duh. Don’t mess it up for me.
Does this taste like “regular” granola? No. It’s drier and not as glazed over like you get with syrup and honey. But man…we like it. Mixed up with some Greek yogurt and berries, this is a total win. I want more right now.
Annie was eating it off the pan before it cooled and Barry keeps sneaking bites when I’m not looking. I need to hide it. I’m thinking the closet is a good plan.
Crunchy Coconut Granola
- 4 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¾ – 1 teaspoon stevia extract (or 1 cup sugar )
- Dash salt
- ½ cup water
- 2 egg whites (1/3 cup egg whites)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla (that’s not a typo)
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract – optional
- ½ cup freeze dried berries of choice (these do not have sugar)
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries or goji berries
- Combine oats, coconut flour, stevia, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Combine water, egg whites, vanilla and coconut extract in a small bowl.
- Pour liquid over oat mixture and toss to coat.
- Spread out on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes…until granola is browned.
- Cool completely.
- Stir in berries.
Yield: About 5 cups