Sunday, February 9, 2014

Yummy, Easy, and Healthy Granola

What is there to do on a Sunday afternoon?
I mean after taking a nap?
Why not make some granola?
I came across this recipe a few years ago, I probably got it from my sister. 
I have no idea where it came from, but I have adapted it a little to boost the health factor.
I have never been disappointed by this recipe, unless I burned it.
It is always delicious and filling.
Plus it smells amazing while it is cooking.

Here's the recipe:
4 cups Oats (not instant)
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup chopped walnuts 
1 cup pecans (any nut will do)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup real maple syrup
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup local honey
1/3 cup water
1 cup dried fruit 

*Heat the oven to 300 degrees
*In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, wheat germ, nuts, coconut, cinnamon and salt.
*Make a well in the dry ingredients and and the maple syrup, water, oil, and honey.
*Toss until well combined
Spread the mixture evenly on a cookie sheet.  I use parchment paper, so that I don't have to wash my pans.
*Bake for approximately 40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. 
You want to cook it until it is a deep golden brown color, but you do not want to burn it!
*Allow to cool in the pan
*If desired, you can mix in the dried fruit
*Store in an airtight container

I made a double batch so that's why I used 2 pans.

Come on, you have to admit, it even looks good!
You can almost smell it.

The list is pretty simple and it is super simple to put together.
The most tedious part of the process is the stirring and watching it to make sure it burns.  
And believe me, you don't want to burn it.  If you do, you might cry. 
At least I almost did the last time I burned it. 

This granola is very versatile.  You can eat it plain for a snack, put it in your yogurt, or pour some milk on it and eat it as cereal. 
 It is filling and nutritious.  
Whip up a batch and enjoy!

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