Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Granola Girl

I have never loved granola, but again, I have never made my own... until today.

4 cups of rolled oats (not instant, this newbie assumes)
1 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup almonds - sliced, chopped, whole - whatever you have
1/2 cup cashews
3 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
in smaller bowl, combine first:
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

mix all ingredients together, spread out on baking sheet covered in aluminum foil.
Bake at 375, stirring every 8-10 minutes. Bake 25 minutes total.

once completely cooled, stir in
2 cups of dried fruit.
I used dried blueberries, cranberries, figs and mangoes.
use what you like.

I am now a granola girl.