Best.Ever.Granola

I am in love!  My sister in law has been making this home made granola for about a year now.  I asked for it for Christmas this year!! That is how good it is!




Last week, she sent a bag by my husband.  Let’s just say that he made sure it was okay for me to eat while he was on the way home. 🙂  He declared it safe but there wasn’t much left to enjoy.

I decided that if I wanted to eat it in the quantity that I would like (ahem…) and share it with my family that I needed to make my own.

When I make the time, I love to cook.  I get especially excited about making something that is healthy for my family.  I bought most of my ingredients through my azure standard group or Tropical Traditions.  I am really excited about having a breakfast or snack that is filling, yummy, and healthy.

I changed the recipe up just a little because I had a few things that I wanted to add and didn’t have a few things that I needed.  Thus goes life in my kitchen.

Here’s the ingredient list for my version:

3 cups rolled oats

1/2  cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup chipped coconut (coated in butter/wheat germ or flaxseed)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used coconut this time)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins

First, I had to add in a little butter.  I melted two tablespoons and tossed the coconut in it.  I added in 2 tbs of flaxseed (often use wheatgerm) and stirred until it was nice and coated.  (See there was a reason I needed the butter.)IMG_5244

 I browned the coconut in a pan on the stovetop for just a few minutes.

Now, I could have stopped there and eaten it up.  But I persevered.  I added the coconut, slivered almonds, and brown sugar into the oats.  I also decided to throw in 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds.

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The next step was mixing the maple syrup, the oil (I used coconut oil rather than vegetable), and the salt.  I dumped both mixtures together and stirred. (and tasted just to be safe)

Once mixed well, the granola needs to be put onto two baking sheets (with rims) and flattened.  If you can refrain from eating it raw, you should put both pans into a preheated 250 degree oven.  The hardest part of the entire process is remembering to stir it every 15 minutes for the 1 1/4 hours to keep it from burning.  When it is all baked and cooled, add in your raisins or other dried fruit!

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Your efforts will be worth it!  I promise!

 

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