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Healthier granola

Posted Jan 09 2010 6:50pm
Sorry, again and again, that I haven't been posting much. Work is hard, and I shut my finger in the car door and fractured it, so I have to wear this silly little splint for four to five weeks. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt too badly. And it's my left hand, which isn't my dominant hand, but typing is hard!

Anyway, now that that's out of the way, go make this. This recipe is another variation of the NY Times olive oil granola recipe I posted about last year, which is so incredible. I added in some flaxseed, a bunch of chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and cut down the sugar a little. It's still pretty gooey with the honey replacing the maple syrup in the original recipe , but I like it like that.

I added flaxseed for fiber, chia for omegas/protein/essential fatty acids/more fiber, making this granola a little healthier. Plus I cut down on the sugar a little bit. That's healthy, right?

I had to literally drag myself away from the pan to take these pictures, and then to eat dinner. I'm fighting right now to stay on the couch long enough to type this post before I run back and shove the rest into my mouth.

Granola (version II)

3 c GF oats
1 c raw sunflower seeds
1 c raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 c unsweetened coconut
2 T ground flaxseed
3/4 c honey
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c olive oil
1 t sugar
1 t cinnamon
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 c dried fruit (I used chopped apricots and currants)
1/4 c chia seed

Preheat the oven to 300. Stir together everything except the fruit, spread out on a cookie sheet, and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10. I've found that the 45 in the original recipe is too long and I end up with over-cooked granola, and it's terribly sad. After the granola is cooked, stir in the fruit and chia while the granola is still hot, so they gets a bit of the granola coating. Let cool further, and store in an air tight container.

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