Homemade GranolaLately, I find myself running home from the office – desperate to make precious time for a very rewarding love affair – making and eating the world’s most delicious granola.  Today, after a particularly productive rainy baking day, I decided that I should go public with the details of this relationship.  After all, something this good should not be hoarded.  So, here it is, the temptation that helps pull me out of bed each morning with a smile – my home-baked granola recipe.  (This recipe was adapted from the “Megan’s Granola” recipe on allrecipes.com Canada.  I’ve simply changed a couple of ingredients and reduced (or substituted) some of the sugar and oil to ease my guilty conscience.

Home-Baked Granola

This recipe makes about 15 or 16 cups of granola.  You may want to halve it the first time to make sure you like it before really committing.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dry Ingredients
8 cups rolled oats
1+1/2 cups wheat germ
1+1/2 cups oat bran
1 cup ground almonds
1 cup pecans – chopped quite fine
1 cup walnuts – chopped quite fine
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

Mix all of these dry ingredients together in a very large bowl.  (Since I don’t have a bowl this large, I actually use 2 bowls and add 1/2 portion of each ingredient to each bowl as I go along.  This way I can still stir when I add the coating later on.)

Coating
1+1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup syrup – I use 1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup maple syrup and 1/3 cup agave syrup
2/3 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/3 cup flax seed oil
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp vanilla

Mix these ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat.  When the mixture combines and starts to boil around the edges, remove it from the heat and pour it over the dry ingredients.  Stir to coat.

Load the mixture onto 2 parchment-lined baking sheets.  Bake it for 10 minutes and then stir.  Then bake it for another 10 minutes.  (So, 20 minutes of baking in total.)

Remove it from the oven and let it cool.

If you like, you can add 2 cups of dried fruit – raisins or cranberries or similar.  I prefer it as-is so I can add what I want at eating time.

Most importantly, enjoy!


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