I'm really trying to resist the urge to do an entire week of posts about the intensity and depth of my love for blueberries. But maybe you'll indulge me one more post? Because it isn't really about blueberries, it's actually more about granola. Which is also good and which I love almost as much as blueberries.
Because we are a very strictly treenut-free household and the granola bulk bins at the store are a hotbed of nut contamination potental, I generally have to make granola myself if I want to be able to eat it. Danger everywhere, I tell you. Of course, I always get myself thinking that making granola is so much harder than it actually is, so I don't make it as often as I should. But really, it is very easy and takes such a short amount of time that I feel a little ridiculous for not just making it a part of my normal kitchen routine.
Anyway, this particular batch of granola is based on Heidi Swanson's Grain-ola recipe from SuperNatural Cooking, a super stellar cookbook which you actually should own if you don't already. Her recipe calls for using nuts, which of course I didn't, but also needed a couple of other ingredients which I just didn't have on hand. So, I modified the recipe to fit my pantry and my husband's allergies, and this is what I came up with. It is, I should say, stunningly good. Especially with...wait for it... blueberries.
Simple Nut-Free Granola
4 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup pepitas
1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 3/4 cups dried cranberries (or other dried fruits)
3/4 cup honey
1/4 coconut oil
Combine the honey and oil in a small saucepan over low heat and stir to combine. Mix the oats, pepitas and coconut together in a large bowl. Pour the honey/oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir to combine thoroughly and evenly. Spread the mixture onto a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes, stirring the mixture every ten or fifteen minutes during that time. It should be uniformly golden brown when done. Stir in the dried fruit and cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container.