Granola-or as close as I get to baking

Scented candles suck, but the perfume of toasted coconut, cinnamon and vanilla wafting through your apartment is excellent. I have recently become obsessed with making my own granola, and it is so easy I make a new batch about once a week. Here is my position on granola: my number one concern is less sugar, not less fat (making most store bought granola unworkable). I want almost a 1/1 ratio of oats to nuts/coconut flakes.

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So here is what I do:

3 cups oats (or quinoa flakes if you live with an insufferable no-grain person)

3 tablespoons coconut oil

3 tablespoons agave/honey/or maple syrup

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix these together and put evenly in a pan, bake at 350 for 5 minutes. Then, add:

2 cups coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1 cup nuts

Bake for another 5 minutes, toss it all around, and bake for 5 more minutes. Add some dried fruit at the end if you want.

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-D

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