Granola – for breakfast and snacking

I’ve been on a granola kick lately. I used to make it a lot when the kids were younger, but got away from that. Then my daughter made this granola for us that we really liked and inspired me to start again. Got her recipe and then made some changes just because I could. I’ve made this a few times and it’s gone over quite well. I had searched the Internet for recipes, but they all had too much oil and/or sweetener in them. So this is what I came up with…

Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups 7-grain cereal (the type I used had rolled oats, rolled wheat, some sunflower seeds and not sure what else)

    Granola

    Granola

  • 4 cups Old-Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups natural whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 rounded Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Vanilla
  • 1/3 cup Safflower Oil (or whatever you like for oil)
  • 1/3 cup REAL Maple Syrup
  • 2 cups dried fruit – I’ve used cherries, raisins, currents

Put it Together

  1. In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, 7-grain cereal, nuts, cinnamon, salt
  2. In a small bowel combine oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the syrup mixture over the cereal mixture. Mix thoroughly to coat everything.
  4. pour in two cake pans and spread out evenly.
  5.  Bake at 270 degrees for 1 1/2 hours… stir every 14-20 minutes to bake evenly.
  6. Remove from oven and put granola into large bowl. Let cool. Add dried fruit and store in containers.
I put this on my yogurt/fresh fruit mixture for breakfast. My son likes to eat it by the handful as a snack.
There is room for a lot of variation in the recipe…. you could use all oatmeal, add some flax meal, maybe some pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Substitute walnuts for the pecans. Use honey instead of maple syrup…. you get the picture :-).
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