Saturday, June 2, 2012

Have to share a recipe!

No one can touch my granola! It is the best ever! Here is the recipe (it changes every time I make it, but today's tops all others...) - I usually half or quarter this, but I know I have friends and family with lots of children that read this blog, so here we go.

8 c rolled oats
1 1/2 c raw wheat germ
1 1/2 c raw oat bran
1 c shredded coconut
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c organic brown sugar
1/4 c maple syrup (from Monroe Orchard - local)
3/4 c honey (from - local)
1 c coconut oil (from
1 1/2 tbs cinnamon
1 1/2 tbs pure vanilla extract (I make mine from Madagascar beans)
1 c raw sunflower seeds
1 c raw pumpkin seeds
1 c sultan raisins
1 c Thompson's raisins
1/2 c raw almonds
Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or silpats.
In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat germ, oat bran, and coconut and stir to combine.
In a small pan combine salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat and continuously stir to dissolve everything.
Pour over the contents of large bowl and mix thoroughly.
Spread mixture evenly on baking sheets.
Bake until crispy and toasted, stirring once half way through, for approximately 20 minutes.
Cool, then break apart and stir in raw seeds and raisins.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

If you wanted to make this chocolate granola, add 2 more tbs of maple syrup and 3 tbs of cocoa powder. Add the cocoa in with the liquids to cook.

You can substitute any seed/ nut/ raisin for any other seed/ nut/ dried fruit you prefer. The original recipe actually calls for up to 3 c of seeds and/or nuts and 2 c of dried fruit. I have made it with cranberries and diced dried apples before also. Every time I seem to top my previous mixture.

I eat this as a snack and even as a yummy cereal. I usually only make this recipe for me (1/4 batch), then make a 1/2 batch of each plain (no seeds, nuts, or raisins) and plain chocolate for Eric and the kids.

We are blessed to live so close to a health food store that we can just walk a short distance and get most of these raw items.

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