Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola

It's hard to buy granola this good and this healthy. My guru granola friend who pays 10 bucks for a little bag of his special granola admitted that this granola was much better. It's full of protein and whole grains including buckwheat. The buckwheat and unsweetened coconut are found in the bulk section of health promoting stores. It's gluten-free, as long as you use gluten-free oatmeal. It's perfect as a cereal, or with yogurt. Take the time to buy these ingredients in bulk and make a huge batch of it to save time. I know it looks like too many ingredients, but you don't have to use this many. If you want to switch out any of the ingredients, go ahead. Just follow my granola formula: 6.5 - 7 cups of whole grains, seeds, and nuts and 2 cups unsweetened coconut to 1/4 cup healthy oil, 3/4 cup sweetener and at least 3 tablespoons cinnamon. I also use a total of 3 cups dried fruit, but that too can be interchanged, reduced or eliminated.
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2 cups old fashion oats 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut 4 cups nuts and seeds like sliced almonds, chopped pecans, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc. 1 cup buckwheat (raw or roasted kashi) 1/4 cup refined safflower oil, canola oil, or unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil 1/2 cup raw honey (not for babies under one year old) 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 5 tbsp cinnamon (or more) 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt (optional) 3 cups dried fruit like blueberries, cranberries, cherries, and chopped apricots


1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, add oats, coconut, a variety of nuts and seeds, and buckwheat. Mix together. In a small saucepan, heat and stir coconut oil, honey, real maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt together. Pour 1/4 of the heated mixture over the oat mixture and mix well. Continuing combining in small batches until both are mixed thoroughly.
2) Spread mixture out onto a large jelly roll pan or baking sheet with a rim that is prepared with parchment paper or a non-stick silicone baking liner. Place in the upper portion of the oven and every 10 minutes use a large spatula and flip the granola to brown all sides. Cook for about 30 minutes or until browned through. When making a double batch, rotate the two pans every 10 minutes when you mix or flip the granola since the top one browns. I cook them for 40 minutes total when making two.
3) While granola is baking, I cut the apricots and mix dried fruit together. After 30 to 40 minutes, take granola out of the oven and mix with dried fruit. Let cool and store in airtight containers. Enjoy!