Monday, May 7, 2012

Homemade Granola

Once you make this recipe you'll never buy granola at the store again! It's so easy to make and you can put whatever you like in it... Customize it to your liking :)
Adapted from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Cookbook

-2 cups quick cook oatmeal
-1 heaping cup of mixed nuts ( I just use the mixed nuts from the bulk section at Superstore )

-1/4 cup mixed seeds ( I use sunflower seeds & toasted hemp seeds ) I get our hemp seeds from friends of ours who grow it in Saskatchewan.. check out their site The Good Seed
-3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 1/2 cup dried fruit ( I like craisens, dried apples & dried apricots )
-5 Tbsp maple syrup or honey - I've done both and both are equally as good
-5 Tbsp olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Put your DRY granola ingredients in a bowl, not the dried fruit or liquid ingredients... Mix then spread on a baking sheet. Drizzle with oil & honey or syrup and stir again. Place pan in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Every 5 minutes or so, take the granola out and stir it, then smooth down again and put back in the oven. While its toasting, roughly chop up the dried fruit to desired size. When granola is nice & golden, remove it from the oven, mix in the dried fruit, and let it cool down.
Once cooled, serve granola with milk, or yogurt... However you like to eat your granola!
To store: keep in an air tight container or bag for about 2 weeks.

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