Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Home Made Granola

 Store bough granola is very expensive and not always the 'healthy'. choice This recipe is very healthy.  The initial cost in buying all of the ingredients up front is a bit costly but will yield mutliple batches for breakfast cereal, yogurt topping and healthy snacks.

3 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweeteend
3 tablespoons flax seeds
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup toasted mixed nuts, chopped (I used pistachios and almonds here)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups mixed dried fruit ie. raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, dates.

Preheat the oven to 375. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the dried fruit. Stir well to incorporate.
Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out into an even layer. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes (depending on the depth of golden-ness you’re looking for), stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove the granola from the oven and and cool completely, in its pan, on a wire wrack. Once the granola is cool, mix in the dried fruit.

NOTE: I would keep this refrigerated, but that's just me.

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