I've tried making nut granola a few times and I finally nailed down a recipe I really, really like. There are several variations to nut granola and obviously you can use any kind of nut you want. I personally love pecans and walnuts and this time I tried slivered almonds which I thought worked perfectly.
Here's the recipe:
1 cup pecans
1 cup walnuts
1 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp. sesame seeds
1/4 cup coconut oil (I used Trader Joe's brand)
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 300 F.
Measure out nuts and rough chop to your desired size. I purchased chopped nuts but still wanted them a little smaller. Combine nuts in a large bowl with shredded coconut and sesame seeds. In a separate microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil and honey in microwave. I started at 20 seconds, then stirred, then another 20 seconds. Poor over nuts. Add vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the granola out into a thin layer. Bake for 10 minutes then stir. Bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool on counter for about 10 minutes then place in the refrigerator to cool completely. Store in zip-lock bag or sealed container in the refrigerator.
I personally love it with vanilla almond milk. But I'm sure it would be excellent over yogurt or even ice cream.
For a Mother's Day gift I purchased this big glass jar below at the store for under $5.00. I filled it with the granola, tied it with baker's twine and attached a Martha Stewart sticker with the ingredients. I thought it was super cute and simple.