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Monday, April 6, 2009

Jim’s Granola

My husband makes the best granola I’ve ever had. We eat this for breakfast or a snack sometimes as a change from muesli. We’ve experimented over the last few years with different recipes, but since becoming vegan, he’s the one who has taken the time to really come up with the best recipe. Here it is:

5 C rolled oats
1/2 C raw sunflower seeds
1/4 C whole flax seeds
1 C coarsely chopped walnuts
1 C chopped pecans
1/2 C unsweetened medium shredded coconut
1/2 C pure maple syrup, grade B (cheaper than A, good for baking)
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all dry ingredients & stir well. Combine wet ingredients & stir well then add wet to dry & stir to coat. On jelly roll pans, spread out the granola. The thinner you spread it out the crunchier the granola, the thicker the chewier. Jim uses one 9 x 12 inch pan & then another 10 x 7 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes, remove & stir well. Then bake for another 10 minutes, remove from oven, & stir again. Let cool then store in closed containers. Jim uses old oatmeal cans or large glass jars. Enjoy with soymilk for breakfast or a snack. If you want at this point (or even later when you’re ready to eat it), add any dried fruit like cherries, cranberries, or chopped apricots. In the summer, this is wonderful with fresh blueberries or strawberries, sprinkled on fruit or even on ice cream!

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