coconut almond (or Almond Joy!) granola

Coconut Almond if you're feeling healthy...  Almond Joy if you're not!  :o)

This granola is chockfull of good-for-you stuff.  Raw coconut oil, raw honey, oats, almonds...  and then a little hint of chocolate, if you'd like, for the Almond Joy lovers in the world!

I usually only add chocolate chips to part of the batch after it's cooled for snacking on by the handful.  The rest I leave plain for eating with milk or yogurt and fruit!

Oh and if you are a close friend or family member...  this granola (without the chocolate chips, of course!) tastes a whole lot like Grandpa Cookies!  Ahhh...  comfort food.

Coconut Almond (or Almond Joy) Granola Recipe
adapted from He Sows, She Sews
makes about 4 cups of granola...  this recipe can be easily doubled!

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds
1/2 cup flaked coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup honey (preferably raw)
2 1/2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste (I like a bit more added on after baking!)
1/2-1 cup mini chocolate chips, optional

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, almonds & coconut...  stirring to mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips.  Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients, mixing well to coat.

Spread the granola onto a large rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes and then every 5 minutes after that, until the granola is perfectly golden brown...  watching it closely at the end and being careful not to let it burn!

Let cool completely before adding chocolate chips, if you are going to, and storing in an airtight container.

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