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Throw It Into The Mix…

2013-08-06 11.21.15-2
I had a ton of people ask me about granola.  I don’t claim to be an expert creator…only an expert consumer!
As far as the granola goes,  I have a base recipe I use, but then I just dump whatever is in my pantry into the mix.
I usually use 3-4c of oats
1/3 c oil  (I used organic coconut oil this last time for a fun flavor)
1/4c honey
1/2c brown sugar
salt to taste
A few shakes of cinnamon
This time I added a heaping handful of whole flax seed, sunflower seeds, chopped mango, cranberries, cashews, and raisins   (other times I have added a little vanilla, dried cherries, almonds, pecans, walnuts, dried guava, coconut, I have even put a little bit of maple syrup in there before to tweak the flavor) ADD the DRIED FRUIT AFTER YOU COOK EVERYTHING!!
I’m sorry this is not more specific, but I am not much or a recipe person.  After I mix it all in a large bowl, I spread it out on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with PAM and then cook it in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.  I usually stir things up in the pan around the 10 minute mark so that everything has a chance to get crunchy. And, I ADD the DRIED FRUIT AFTER I COOK EVERYTHING!!  Don’t worry if it’s not crunchy right when you pull it out.  It usually takes a few minutes to harden.  I like making double batches and the kids love to help!
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