I have made three batches (so far) this holiday season of this granola. It started out as “hmmm… wonder how that would taste?” and turned into something absolutely wonderful.

I’ve made batches to give to teachers, friends, neighbors, doctors, bankers and so forth. Everyone loves it and asks for the recipe.

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So, I thought I’d share with you.

This is one of those type of recipes that you can adapt pretty easily to what suits your tastes and shopping habits (or pantry stock)  I just happen to have most of the ingredients on hand on a regular basis, so it was easy for me to whip some up.

I think this will become a breakfast staple at my house… it is so good. I had some this morning in a bowl with some milk (like cereal) and it’s also good on top of yogurt and just plain (like a snack mix)

The best part is there is very little “extra” stuff – sugar and the like – and it’s full of things that are good for you.

So, if you’ve ever wondered if making granola was easy or not, I can safely tell you it is SUPER easy and SUPER worth the effort.

I started with this basic recipe and adapted from there.  My recipe is below, but you can make up your own with your own favorite treats.  I’m thinking it would even be good to toss in some whole nuts and marshmallows (!) and butterscotch or chocolate chips for hiking days.

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Mixing in the coconut

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Adding the flax seeds

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adding the molasses/honey mixture

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ready for baking

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fresh out of the oven

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Yum.  My house smells so good right now. I have another batch in the oven as I type!

Ultimate Granola

Ingredients:

5 cups of rolled oats
1 cup slivered almonds (I used a 6 oz bag)
1 cup walnuts (apprx)
1 cup pecans (apprx)
1 cup flax seeds (I’ve also used ground flax – works ok, too)
2 cups shredded coconut (I used the sweetened kind)
1 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup molasses
1 cup honey

1 cup raisins
1 cup craisins
1 cup blueberry-flavored craisins

Instructions:

  1. In your chopper/food processor, finely chop the pecans & walnuts.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. In a LARGE bowl, mix the oats, nuts, coconuts, flax seeds.
  4. On the stove, in a small pot, stir together the oil, honey & molasses. Heat until blended.
  5. Pour the molasses mixture over the oatmeal mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Pour approximately 4 cups of the granola onto the parchment paper and use the back of the measuring cup to spread/flatten the granola to make sure it is evenly distributed and there are no thick spots.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. Pull out the cookie sheet, stir and redistribute the granola.
  10. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. Remove and do steps 6-10 two more times (or until your are finished with your batch)
  12. Cool the batches in a large bowl or another cookie sheet.
  13. Once the entire batch of granola has cooled (10-15 minutes after the last batch finishes baking) stir in your raisins & craisins.
  14. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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