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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Homemade Granola


This is a tweaked version of my Homemade Granola Bar recipe - the only difference is that this granola is not in bar form. It's pretty easy to prepare and makes a great addition to yogurt parfaits. You can also eat it like cereal - just add some milk!
{ Prep Time: 10 mins / Cooking Time: 45 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 6-8 servings }

Ingredients:
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup almonds, slivered or finely chopped in food processor
1/2 cup wheat germ (optional, but adds lots of essential nutrients!)
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1/4 cup raisins (or apricots, craisins, dates, cherries; or your favorite dried fruit)

1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup natural honey
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Spread oats, seeds, almonds, wheat germ, and flax seeds in a thin layer onto a half sheet pan (preferably one with edges). Bake for 15 mins. Stir, then sprinkle coconut flakes onto the mixture and bake another 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the coconut, as it tends to burn rather quickly!
3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the peanut butter, honey, butter, sugar, and vanilla over low heat. Cook until the brown sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes; stirring frequently. Then add the cinnamon, and stir to combine. Turn off heat and let sit until the nut mixture is ready.
4. Remove oats from the oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Pour oat mixture into a large bowl, then add liquid mix. Stir until mixture is completely coated. Add your fruits; and lastly, the chocolate chips. If you add the chocolate chips too soon, they will melt.
5. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. Remove pan from oven, and allow granola to cool completely. Granola will not be crispy, but don't worry, it will harden as it cools. You definitely don't want to overcook/burn it! Granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Adapted from several granola recipes found online

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