Friday, February 3, 2012

'Tis the Season for Breakfast - Granola

We made this granola and approximately 5 days later it was gone. Gone. We ate it as cereal. We ate it on top of yogurt. In a salad. We ate handfuls of it out of the jar. The glorious thing about granola is this: you can put in it whatever you want or whatever you have on hand. You can put a theme to it (i.e.: tropical fruit, nuts only) or make it an everything granola. This is the basic recipe we used but feel free to change up whatever your heart desires.


6 cups old fashioned oats
1-1/2 cups sunflower seeds
1-1/2 cups slivered almonds
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons sea salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
2 bags (7 ounces each) dried mixed fruit, chopped
3 tablespoons flax seeds
1/2 cup toasted mixed nuts, chopped
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (or molasses)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together and spread evenly onto sprayed (or covered with foil*) cooking sheets. *If you cover your cooking sheets with foil, be mindful that you don't burn the granola. Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring and rotating trays every 5 minutes. Let sit until cool (30 minutes to 1 hour). Break into pieces. Watch it be devoured up quickly.

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