Yesterday I decided to come home and make some almond free granola (I’m allergic to almonds). Kind of a hodgepodge of whatever I had in the pantry: oats, walnuts, pistachios, currants, brown sugar, coconut, maple syrup and some zest and spices. And butter, duh.

Before the oven…

and after the oven…


1 lb rolled oats

3.25oz brown sugar

4oz walnuts

4oz whole cashews

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1.5oz coconut

1 oz flax seed

1 TBSP salt

4oz butter (it’s ok to replace up to half with oil)

3.5oz maple syrup

4 oz dried fruit


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Toss oats, crushed walnuts and cinnamon dry ingredients together. Stir in maple syrup to lightly coat dry mixture, but not soak (use more/less if needed).
  3. Spread on a lightly oil greased sheet pan and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until dry and crunchy but not burnt. Stir 1-2 times throughout cook time to evenly cook.
  4. Enjoy in and on smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal bowls…or with your favorite milk or milk alternative for a crunchy cereal.

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