I have to warn you… Once you make your first batch of homemade granola there is absolutely no turning back. Store-bought will never taste this fresh and good. Your friends and family will gobble this healthy breakfast up in no time and beg you to make more. It really takes very little time to make it and it is cheaper to make it yourself using your own favorite ingredients. I like to make a double batch and store it in a glass gallon jar on the counter. Serve this with milk or yogurt and fresh berries for breakfast or eat it as a snack later in the day.
4 cups large flake oats
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds and/or pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw almonds, walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts (or a mixture of these)
1-1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1-1/2 cups dried fruits, such as raisons, currants, dried
grated zest of 2 oranges
3/4 cup maple syrup or honey
1/4 coconut oil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (F). Combine oats, nuts, dried fruit and zest in a large bowl. Heat the coconut oil and maple syrup in a small saucepan on low heat until warm. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Divide mixture between 2 cookie sheets and spread into a thin layer. Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow mixture to col completely before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Yield: about 10 cups of granola