Thursday, January 19, 2012

Healthy Granola Recipe

This granola is one of my favorites plain, in yogurt, or on pancakes.

Granola recipe:
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup natural sugar
2 tablespoon vanilla and/or almond extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3-5 tbsp dark chocolate baking cocoa

You need 9 1/2 cups total of these 2 ingredients:
7 or 8 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (no less then 7 cups of rolled oats)
1- 2 1/2 cups of any of the following items combined: almonds, walnuts, pecans, raisins, any dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
Heat oven to 325.  You need 2 rimmed baking sheets or pans.  Combine over medium heat the first 6 ingredients until the sugar dissolves and bubbles- about 3 minutes. 
In a large bowl combine the oats and other fruit/nut items. Add the warm mixture and toss thoroughly to combine. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes stirring 2-3 times until the granola is crisp and golden.  Cool completely before putting in containers. (I stir the granola once or twice after taking it out of the oven to keep it from sticking to the baking pans)

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