There is nothing better for breakfast than plain, Greek yogurt covered in honey, fresh fruit and homemade granola on a hot summer morning.

We enjoy this all summer long with the fresh berries, peaches and even in the fall with apples. You can even use this granola as topping for a fruit crumble … Mmmm, fruit and oats! You also can customize the granola to what your family likes; sometimes I add nice, big chunks of dark chocolate once the granola has cooled. Makes a great ice cream topping also!

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped pecans or whatever nut your family likes

2 cups old-fashioned oats (not the quick cooking kind)

½ cup shredded coconut

¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons honey (I try to use local honey…help that immune system.)

2 tablespoons canola oil or melted coconut oil (not the time for extra virgin olive oil…you want an oil with no taste)

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together all the ingredients until well combined. Spread the granola evenly in a very thin layer on the prepared baking sheet.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, until you can smell the toasting of the sugar and nuts. Remove from the oven and give it a stir, then spread it evenly again.

4. Bake another 15 minutes, until the nuts are a reach brown (but not burnt…burnt nuts are not tasty, they just turn bitter).

5. Let it cool and crisp up (it will continue to crisp as it cools on the baking sheet) complete before serving.

6. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 weeks.

Rachel Marion is a lifelong resident of Marshall County and works for Thornton Properties, LLC, in Guntersville as the office manager. She is married to Tom Marion and lives in Arab with their two dogs, Hector and Lola. She has an expansive cookbook collection, follows dozens of food blogs and when she isn’t cooking, she is thinking about cooking. She was raised in a home surround by yummy food made by the loving hands of her grandmother and mother. Nothing says love too her more than filling the bellies of her loved ones and making great memories while doing it.

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