Yogurt and granola is a breakfast staple in our house, but top your yogurt with homemade granola, fresh from the oven and its really a healthy treat.  I started making my own granola several years back, I read a ton of recipes and took what I liked to create my own.  Every batch turns out a little different, and now we never let the granola jar run dry.  We eat it on yogurt, on oatmeal or cold cereal (add some excitement to Cheerios), in a trail mix, on ice cream, or just by the handful.  Its hard to know what you are getting from the store bought stuff, usually extra sugar and preservatives.  In our house, a batch lasts us about a month, well worth the 20 minutes it takes to throw together, plus you get the fresh baked smell in your kitchen all day.  The recipe here allows you to “make it your own” …or just use up what you have in the cupboard.

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Homemade Granola

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: about 10 cups

Ingredients

  • 5 c rolled oats
  • 3 c nuts, roughly chopped (any you like in any amount totaling 3 cups...walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc)
  • 1/2 c seeds (any combination of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, etc)
  • 1/2 c coconut flakes
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/3 c applesauce
  • 1/2 c coconut oil
  • 1/2 c honey (or agave, maple syrup or a combination)
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c (or more) any combination of raisins-regular or golden, craisins, or any dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl (not raisins)
  2. Mix wet ingredients in a small bowl (coconut oil can be microwaved and then measured)
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Spread granola on two large baking sheets
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 275 for 1 hour. When the hour is up, turn oven off and leave granola in the oven all day or overnight, or at least a few hours, do not open oven or stir it (this gives you nice big clusters)
  5. When cooled, add dried fruit and store it in a jar
  6. **note, the recipe can really be altered in any way as long as the wet to dry ratio remains the same, for example, if you want to make the recipe more affordable, you can use more oats and less nuts as long as it totals 8 cups, etc.
http://www.sungrownkitchen.com/homemade-granola/

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Homemade Granola