In general, I'm pretty wary of store bought granola. It tends to be very high in calories and bad fats. I find I can make my own granola at home with wholesome ingredients, and it's so much tastier.
You may notice that I include a bit of coconut in my granola. While it is a bit high in saturated fat and calories, it is a whole plant food - and I suspect it's fine in moderation. If you don't agree, you can substitute any chopped nut or whole seed for the coconut AND add in a 1/4 teaspoon of coconut extract.
This granola is great as a topping for yogurt, sorbet, smoothies (Jamba Juice style), and even oatmeal. It adds a nice zing!
Cozy Almond Coconut Granola
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup silvered almonds
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300F
Mix the maple syrup and vanilla extract.
Pour the maple syrup mixture into a baking pan, and add in the remaining ingredients. Mix until the oats are well coated.
Cook for 25-35 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes until the oats are brown. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Variations: Add in chopped any dried fruit after the granola is completely cooled.