Saturday, April 25, 2015

Healthy Granola.....sunny and warmer...but very windy!

Making granola at home is easier than you might think, this recipe cuts out a lot of the fat you find in store bought (and a lot of homemade recipes too) with out loosing any of the flavor, and the really good part is you can adjust the taste to suit your family, the fruit, nuts, cinnamon, vanilla are all just guidelines here, use the flavors your family likes, maple instead of vanilla, dried cranberries instead of raisins, almonds instead of get the picture....... Makes a great snack 'by the handful' or served with milk!
                                                           Healthy Granola
8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats *** SEE NOTE
1/4 cup ground flax meal
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup EACH dried pineapple, dried papaya, dried banana chips,
  dried apples, dried cranberries or your favorite dried fruit  to equal 1-1 1/2 cups of fruit
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup peanuts or nuts of your choice
Mix all together in a very large pan
in a sauce pan combine the following:
3/4 cup brown sugar   
1/4 cup canola oil 
1/4 cup honey 
3/4 cup water
bring to a boil, immediately reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes then add
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
Stir well, then pour over oat mixture stir very well, till well coated, spread on two large cookie sheets and bake in pre-heated 350* oven for 20 minutes stirring twice, allow to cool completely and store in large covered jar, best if eaten with in a week.
**NOTE: for variety reduce oats to 6 cups and add
1 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers &
1 cup crispy rice cereal


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