Grain-Free Fruit and Honey Granola

I absolutely love granola! During the winter months, especially, I crave comforting, grain-filled foods like toast, cereal, and savory pies. When I first learned to make grain-free granola it was life-changing! Since then, I've created a few of my own blends!

I made this simple recipe with nuts, seeds and this really great organic dried fruit blend from Made in Nature!

Ingredients:

6 cups of nuts (I used 2 cups each of cashews, walnuts and almonds).

2 cups of dried fruit (you can use raisins, cherries, cranberries or whatever you like).

2 tablespoons of chia seeds

2 tablespoons of butter

1/2 cup of honey

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp of cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

a pinch of salt

Directions:

Soak your nuts overnight (I use a mixing bowl and fill it till the nuts are submersed).

Drain your nuts and pulse them in a food processor (you can do it less and have a more chunky granola or process them finer for a more cereal-like consistency).

In a small saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Remove from the heat and add honey, vanilla, spices, and salt. Mix with a whisk until combined.

In a separate large mixing bowl, add your processed nuts, chia seeds, dried fruit and combine (I use a large wooden spoon). Once your nut mixture is combined, pour the honey mixture over it. Using your large spoon again, mix until the honey is well distributed.

Preheat the oven to 200* and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper (this really helps with clean up).

Distribute your granola between the two baking sheets. Spread it out and press it down.

Bake for 4-5 hours (the edges will begin to turn golden brown).

Once cooled, break it into pieces and store in an airtight container.