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Family Favorite Granola

Posted Nov 30 2011 11:02pm

We have eaten granola for years, however not always for breakfast, but as a snack when we travel, before bedtime or just those times when we need an energy pick-me-up! I have used this family favorite recipe time after time and it always comes up a winner. This is also a great gift idea, especially for that person on your list who wants to eat healthy.

Gather ingredients of oatmeal, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, honey and salt (not shown).

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Grind flax seeds before adding to rest of dry ingredients…

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Add liquids together.

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Warm liquid mixture over a low heat then stir into mixed dry ingredients. Stir well to incorporate all the liquid.

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Spread on one large or two smaller baking pans. Bake at 350, stirring every 15 minutes for about an hour, or until granola is light brown. Remember granola becomes crispier as it cools. Remove from heat and cool in pan. Store in sealed container.

Serve with fresh fruit and yogurt for a very satisfying breakfast…

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Family Favorite Granola

Start with 6 c. of old fashioned oats. (I like to use organic grains when at all possible)

Add:

1 c. sesame seeds
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
1 c. chopped nuts (today I used walnuts)
1/2 c. ground flax seed or chia seed (Mila)
1 t. salt
1 t. cinnamon (optional)
2 T. vanilla
3/4 c. light olive oil
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. water

Warm liquid mixture over a low heat then stir into mixed dry ingredients. Stir well to incorporate all the liquid. Spread on one large or two smaller baking pans. Bake at 350, stirring every 15 minutes for about an hour, or until granola is light brown. Remember granola becomes crispier as it cools. Remove from heat and cool in pan. Store in sealed container. I keep mine in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. With their high oil content, nuts can go rancid if left at room temperature for a week or two. Serve as a snack or with yogurt and fruit for breakfast. This is also an awesome topping for ice cream.

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