Granola

Ingredients

4 cups Rolled Oats
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or flax seeds
1/4 cup oat flour (you can make your own by putting some oats in the blender)
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, or a thick syrup made with 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2-3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla and/or other extract
3/4 cup craisins or other dried fruit (optional)
1/2 cup almonds, walnuts, or other nuts (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together except for the dried fruit. Set the dried fruit aside.
3. In another bowl mix the sweetener, oil, and extract together.
4. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. The liquids will be absorbed and the granola will become darker and shinier.
5. Spread the granola in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and stir the granola with a large spatula so that it does not over-brown on the bottom and edges. Add the optional fruit and nuts.
6.Return the granola to the oven and bake for an additional 12 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool on the baking sheet. Letting the granola cool on the baking sheet will retain the clumps. Once the granola has cooled, scrape it into a large bowl.

Tips

*Granola will become crispier and crunchier as it cools.
*Because of the oil, granola will not stay fresh long. Store in an airtight container and use within two weeks. Refrigerate or freeze for longer storage.

Category: Breakfast, Recipes, Snacks
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