Friday, April 11, 2014

Healthy Granola

I love granola!  It is a great snack, can be substituted for cereal, goes really well with fruit and yogurt...the reasons are endless.  The other granola recipe I have is fantastic but definitely more of a treat than a healthy staple, but is oh so delicious.  This granola is definitely healthier but in no way does it sacrifice flavor!
You really can use any combination of nuts and seeds you have handy.  I tend to buy whatever is on sale so the combination will be slightly different every time.  Create a combination that works for you and your family.

This recipe makes 7-8 C of granola.

3 1/2 C old fashioned rolled oats
2 C sliced, chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews...)
1 C shredded coconut (unsweetened for a healthier granola)
1 C raw seeds (sunflower, pumpkin...)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
6 TBSP unsalted butter (or canola oil)
1/2 C honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 250..
Cover a large, rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
In a small saucepan, heat the butter and honey on medium heat until the butter is melted.
Remove the honey and butter from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Coat the dry ingredients entirely with the honey mixture.
Spread evenly onto the pan.
Bake for 60-70 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven.
Let the granola cool completely.
Break it into chunks and store it in a large ziploc bag or airtight container.

This recipe is adapted from

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