Even though it’s technically still winter and much of the East Coast is digging out from under a snow storm, many schools are heading into their spring vacations. That can only mean one thing – summer is just around the corner too and many of you will be traveling – whether by car, train or plane, and will be in need of easy grab-and-go meals and snacks. Perfect for a hike, exploring a new city, or pitching a tent in the backyard, this homemade granola will be just the right fuel you need.
Making our own granola might seem like a tedious thing to do, but in reality it takes no time and it’s always worth it.
I decided to skip the oats in this recipe and keep this a glorious snack high in the healthy fats and protein. This lovely home-baked mix can be enjoyed alone, with yogurt, in smoothie bowls, and even replace cereal when paired with your favorite milk. Nothing store bought will ever beat this flavor and the sugar content is all up to you. Feel free to drastically cut the honey content and/or even replace it with your favorite plant-based sweetener to make it a vegan-friendly trail mix. Use any combination of nuts and seeds that you prefer and get creative with dried fruits as well. The possibilities are truly endless. Add chia seeds, goji berries, dates, dried apples, chocolate chips…you name it. Enjoy and if I may, I highly recommend trying it just once as a cereal with milk and fresh fruit-life changing!
Trail Mix Granola
*Makes 1.5 cups
1/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup walnut halves
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
1/8 cup honey
Tbsp. melted coconut oil
1 Tsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. hemp hearts
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, coconut, pumpkin seeds, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt.
3. Spread the mixture out on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the mixture has turned a nice roasted brown. *Note: Your mix may look like an utter failure at this point-don’t worry it’s not! The honey and coconut oil melted make it look like a cookie recipe gone very wrong. Just stir everything together and let cool.
5. Once your baked goods have cooled, add the cranberries and hemp hearts.
6. Store in an air-tight glass container.
CHANTAL URBINA is a registered Massage Therapist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is passionate about living a life full of health, love, and happiness and that all three start with our diet. “Nature’s healing properties will never cease to amaze me and it inspires me day after day to create and share recipes made with only real whole foods.”