Aug
23
2010

easy homemade granola

Sometimes we yearn for a tasty bowl of granola in the morning.  The challenge is that many of the packaged granolas contain high amounts of refined sugar and other unfriendly ingredients.  My business partner Chef Pam Reims and I created a tasty granola that’s easy to prepare and good for you! We served this recipe at our recent “Day of Wellness” cooking class with rave reviews. It’s made with old fashioned oats, nuts, dried fruits, vanilla and pure maple syrup!  We’ve also included ground flax and chia seeds for extra added fiber. This recipe can be doubled and stored in containers for back-to-school mornings, afternoon snacks, or hiking.  What a yummy, nutritious treat for you and the family!

2 cups rolled oats (“use gluten-free oats for gluten-free granola)

2 tablespoons ground flax seed and/or chia seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons grape seed oil

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup raw whole almonds

1/3 cup raw pecans

2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds

1/3 cup dried, unsweetened cranberries

1/2 cup dried, unsweetened cherries ( I like Eden brand)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.

In large bowl, toss the oats with the cinnamon and salt.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oil, honey, maple syrup and vanilla.  Whisk until completely combined.

Pour the honey mixture over the oats mixture and use your hands to combine them.

Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading it out evenly.

Bake for 10 minutes, then remove tray form the oven and use a metal spatula to lift and flip the granola.  Sprinkle the almonds, pecans and sunflower seeds over the granola and return the baking sheet to the oven.  Bake for 10 more minutes, then remove the from the oven.  Let cool completely. Sprinkle the cranberries and cherries over the granola and serve.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups

Enjoy! :)

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