I have a weakness for a bowl of fruit with a big scoop of whole milk greek yogurt, honey, and homemade granola (especially this maple pecan granola– it’s my favorite!) Yet, I started to realize that even by switching to using only honey/maple syrup, I’m still consuming a bit too much sugar. I started to sub out the maple syrup for date-sweetened treats. It’s still sweet but I feel better knowing it’s pure mother nature’s sweetener.
This granola is a simple riff on my favorite- coconut oil for the walnut oil and almonds for the pecans. This granola would also be great with some dried fruit chopped up and added at the end or a couple tablespoons of chia or flax seeds sprinkled in with the oats.
Date-Sweetened Granola with Almonds
A minimal ingredient granola that is date-sweetened instead of using traditional sweeteners. Make a big batch to eat throughout the week!
- 4 medjool dates roughly 2 ounces
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 300˚ F and line a tray with parchment paper.
Pit dates and combine with water in a small sauce pan. Cook until dates begin to break down and become soft. Once done, place in a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
- Whisk together 1/4 cup of date mixture and melted coconut oil. Combine with oats, almonds, salt and cinnamon. Stir until oats are coated.
- Pour out onto a covered baking tray and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so until oats are golden.
Tips and Tricks: If you like a little extra sweetness, add dried fruit to your granola after it bakes.
Plan ahead: Find this recipe in the Naturally Ella Real Plans meal planning upgrade
Nutrition: See the information.
Once you find a granola recipe you like, it’s easy to branch out from the base and add new textures and flavors. You could ideally switch out almost everything and still have a wonderful combination. Try a Ginger-Spelt granola or Pumpkin Spice Quinoa granola!
Nuts: Use your favorite nuts and seeds in the granola. Chia, hemp, pecans, and walnuts are some of my favorite granola additions.
Oats: Check out other flakes. Kamut, spelt, and quinoa are all great replacements or additions for the oats.
Spice: Add a pinch of ginger and cloves to the cinnamon!
As mentioned above, I’ve fallen in love with using dates as a natural sweetener. I keep dates on hand to make different date-sweetened chutneys throughout the year, to make variations of this granola, and of course, just to snack on. Medjool dates are the most common variety found in stores but be sure to make sure you are buying this variety!