05 October 2008

homemade granola

Here's the granola recipe --it really is the best.
Make it, you'll see.

3-4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped raw almonds (I use walnuts & cashews too)
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I like using sunflower oil)
1 tsp cinnamon (a little bit of nutmeg & clove are good too)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt (i usually add a pinch more)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup dried fruit (my favorite is cranberries & apples. you can use dates & raisins also)

Preheat oven to 350. in a large bowl, mix up oats, seeds, & nuts. in a medium bowl whisk together the oil, sugar, salt, spice, & coconut. Add wet mixture to dry and combine well. Spread mixture onto a flat cookie sheet. bake for 12-15 minutes, until the top is slightly brown. remove from oven and flip with a spatula. bake for another 8-10 minutes until golden brown throughout. mixture will be moist fresh out of the oven, but dries as it cools. while it's still hot, mix in dried fruit and let cool. to prevent clumping, stir every 10 minutes as it cools.

Delicious for breakfast or by the handful.

Happy baking,

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