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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Maple Cranberry Nut Granola

Try out this easy to make breakfast, snack, or edible gift idea. It's great with milk, yogurt, or simply by itself. Don't be afraid to experiment with your own favorite nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and sweeteners. This granola is an excellent source of vitamin E and a good source of fiber, protein, and loads of other vitamins and minerals.

The Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of slivered almonds, raw
  • 1 cup of pecans, raw, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, raw
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or safflower oil
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Toast your oats in a large rectangular pan (13x9x2 works perfectly) for 15 minutes, stirring once while toasting.

While toasting the oats, combine your wet ingredients (oil, maple and agave sugars) in a separate bowl; whisk until completely incorporated (the mixture will get cloudy and thick).

Pull the oats out of the oven; add your nuts (almonds, pecans, coconut), seeds (sunflower), and salt to the oats and stir to incorporate completely. Then, pour on the oil-sugar mixture and mix so that all oats, nuts, and seeds are evenly coated.

Place the pan back in the oven for another 20-25 minutes or until the edges of the granola begin to brown slightly (the granola should still be somewhat sticky); stir once or twice during this time.

Dust with cinnamon, add the cranberries, and stir; let the granola sit for at least 20-30 minutes before storing as to not trap warm moisture in the container.

Here are some other granola ingredients to consider: flax seeds, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, vanilla, banana chips, apricots, raisins, dried apples, or chocolate chips.

Media (text and images) created and published by Rebekah Carter (2010).

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