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Monday, January 30, 2012

Recipes I can't live without...homemade granola

Okay, in keeping with the "homemade" theme in our house...here's the recipe for our delicious homemade granola. Way cheaper than buying it in the stores and it makes a boatload of it.

Here's what you will need:

6 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped walnuts, or cashews
1/2 cup sesame seeds (I've used pistachio nuts...just because that's all I had)
1/2 cup flax seed
1/2 cup wheat germ, (optional...but recommended, because it's good for you)
1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds (I have trouble finding these cheap so I usually omit this)
3/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup honey
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, sesame seeds, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds. In a small pan over medium heat, stir together the oil and honey. Cook and stir until blended. Pour over the oat mixture, and stir to coat evenly. Spread out in an even layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until golden brown. (I usually stir about every 10 minutes so that the granola is evenly golden) Immediately after it comes out of the oven mix in the dried cranberries. Store in an airtight container when it cools.

Mix this with the homemade yogurt and fresh raspberries and you've got yourself one whopper of a humdinger of a breakfast. Enjoy!

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