HOMEMADE GRANOLA

granola

     I love granola, especially if it has cinnamon in it.  This recipe that I came up with combines lots of healthy ingredients.  Eat it by the handful, sprinkle on oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc.  Keep a container in your desk for a quick snack at work!  Take it on hikes or camping.  Put some in a baggie and into your child’s pocket when they are going out to play.  Stick some in your car and you can sell it during traffic jams.  (J/K, but I think people would pay!)  Anytime you have a snack attack, this granola is perfect.  Having a party?  Set some out in small bowls.  I guarantee people will love it!  Just wait until you smell it baking.  It’s heavenly.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups quick oats

½ cup walnuts, chopped or halved

½ cup almonds, chopped or halved

½ cup dried cranberries

¼  cup ground flax seed

¼  Wheat germ

¼ cup Shredded coconut

½ cup olive oil

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup honey

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla

PREPARATION:

    Preheat oven to 275°F

In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, almonds, Craisins, flax seed, wheat germ, and coconut.

In a microwavable bowl, blend together olive oil, brown sugar, oil, honey and cinnamon.  Cook until barely bubbling.  Remove, add vanilla and stir to combine.

Pour over oatmeal mixture and stir well.  Spread on large ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.  Stir, return to oven for another 15 minutes.

Store in airtight container.

Makes a great gift in a pretty jar!

NOTE:  Granola is one of those perfect things to customize.  Change out the nuts, add dried fruit, have fun with it.

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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2016

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