Saturday, October 22, 2011


Granola is not only tasty, healthy, and versatile, but really easy to make. I have tried other recipes, but really wasn't that happy with them.  This recipe has the perfect amount of sweetness and takes only 40 minutes from start to finish. Plus it is really inexpensive to make. It's hard to believe that they can really charge that much in the store for a box of granola. So try it out and you'll wonder why you haven't done this before.

1/3 cup olive oil (calls for canola, but I'll have in the house is Olive)
1/3 cup honey
1.4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 salt
4 cups of rolled oats
3/4 cup of chopped pecans or the nut of your choice
3/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dried cherries, cranberries, or any other fruit
(makes about 6 cups)

Preheat oven to 350, line a large baking/roasting pan (with sides) with parchment paper, or oil, or butter.
Mix the honey, oil, maple syrup, water, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt together.
In a large bowl mix together the oats, coconut, and pecans.  Then coat the dry ingredients with the syrup mixture until evenly distributed.
Spread mixture onto a pan and place in the oven. Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown.
When the granola is cooled add the fruit and enjoy! Store in jars or ziplock bags.

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