I love granola.  I use it for cereal, in my homemade coconut yogurt (future blog post) and just on its own as a snack. But it can get quite expensive to buy in the store for such a small quantity.  Making it yourself is super easy and it allows you to avoid any artificial ingredients and added sugars. Plus it allows you to make a big batch and customize it with your own flavour preferences.  Place them in a glass jar with a fancy ribbon and they can make great gifts.
Here is my deluxe version. Feel free to substitute with your own favourite spices and toppings.


Homemade Granola (Deluxe Version)  

Created by: Silvia Rocca @ www.silviarocca.com

Makes for 32 oz mason jar



  • 2 cups of rolled oats (look for gluten-free oats if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao powder (you can substitute dark cocoa or carob powder)
  • 1/3 cup coconut shavings, unsweetened (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons of real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of pepita seeds
  • 1/2 cup of dried apricots, diced (sulphite free varieties)
  • 1/2 cup of your favourite nut pieces (eg. walnuts, cashews, pecans)


1. Preheat over to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a small saucer pan, heat coconut oil until it becomes liquid.  Let cool.  If already liquid, skip this step.

3. In a bowl, add all ingredients (except apricots) and toss well.

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread granola mixture evenly throughout sheet.

5. Bake for 10-12 minutes and then give it a toss and bake other side for another 10 minutes.

6. Remove sheet from oven and let cool. Once cooled, add diced apricots to the baked granola mix.

You can store granola in a mason jar or any other air-tight glass container. Store at room temperature for up to 4 weeks.

Top it on your favourite yogurt, use it as cereal or eat it on its own as a snack.

Enjoy !

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