Nina Herndon
October 11, 2021
August 16, 2023

Granola is one of those go to snacks that makes you feel healthy just talking about it. The kind of thing you can buy in bulk and use as a crunchy topping on a yogurt parfait or ice cream sundae. The thing is, most store bought granola has a LOT of sugar. With a recipe this easy, delicious and less sugar than store bought brands - I vote to skip the store bought and opt for homemade.


  • 1/2c coconut oil
  • 1/2c honey
  • 2tsp vanilla extract
  • 2T molasses
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1T pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, nutmeg, mace)
  • 3c rolled oats
  • 1c sliced almonds (optional)
  • 1c dried/chopped fruit (optional)
  • Pan Spray


  • Preheat Oven to 250 degrees. 
  • In a small pot, melt coconut oil with honey, vanilla & molasses.  
  • In a large bowl stir together oats, salt and nuts if using.
  • Once oil mix is warm, stir into the oat mixture until thoroughly coated.
  • Allow the liquid to absorb and then sprinkle the pumpkin pie spice on it just until it sticks.
  • Lay out on a parchment lined sheet tray sprayed with pan spray and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown/almonds are toasted.
  • Allow to dry and toast, stirring throughout the process. 
  • You want to move it around on the tray to allow it to dry evenly.
  • Pull and cool at room temperature. 
  • If it isn’t crispy/toasted, put back in the oven until dry.  

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Nina Herndon

Nina believes women have an incredible ability to help one another, and is driven to cultivate safe spaces for them to do so. Over the years she has helped her mom to grow Retreat in the Pines to reach as many women as possible.

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