I remember growing up that my mom would make lots of delicious, whole foods for us. She believed in healthy ingredients and cooking from scratch. I have great memories of a popcorn granola similar to this one that she used to make for us. It was a healthy and yummy treat for us to have after school.
We lived out in the country which meant that many times we would buy lots of ingredients in bulk such as popcorn and others we would make ourselves such as dried fruit using pears and plums from the orchard.
I feel very lucky to have grown up in a very healthy household that valued food so much.
Today I am passing on my version of this amazing popcorn granola that makes a great snack on its own or is great over fruit and yogurt for breakfast.
I have made this version gluten free by replacing the wheat germ with flax meal. Flax meal is high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids which have many health benefits.
I hope that you enjoy making this amazingly delicious granola!
Popcorn Oat and Coconut Granola with Fruit:
Makes over 2 quarts of granola
2 cups gluten free old fashioned rolled oats (uncooked)
2 cups flax seed meal
3 1/2 cups popped popcorn (I like to pop my popcorn on the stove with olive oil)
1 cup sesame seeds
1 cup large flake shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter (or if you have nut allergies you may use a seed butter)
(optional) 1 cup whole raw cashews, almonds, pecans or walnuts (or you could add pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoon salt
Add after baked and cooled:
1/2 cup chopped, dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries or cherries
1. Preheat the oven to 300F. Grease a glass or ceramic 13x9 baking pan with coconut oil or vegetable oil spray.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil, water, honey, vanilla and salt.
3. In a separate large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients: oats, flax seed meal, popcorn, sesame seeds and coconut.
4. Pour the nut or seed butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix well to coat.
5. Place the mixture into the baking pan and press down on it with a rubber spatula.
6. Bake for 20 minutes, then stir. Bake for another 20 minutes.
7. Let cool to room temperature, then add the dried fruits.
8. Keeps for several weeks in an air tight container.
If this yummy granola post made you hungry, make sure to pass it on to a healthy-snacking friend!