Thursday, September 29, 2011

For "Granola Crunchers" Everywhere

The Best Granola Recipe In the World
Try it... You'll see :)
{Now G-Free! This is a revision from my 2011 recipe}

What You’ll Need:
  8-9 Cups rolled oats
      1/2 Cup ground flax seed (a coffee or spice grinder works great)
·         1 Cup sunflower seeds
      1/3 Cup pumpkin seeds
·         1 Cup finely chopped almonds
·         1 Cup finely chopped walnuts
·         1 Cup finely chopped pecans
·         1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt (less if you are using salted seeds or nuts)
·         ½ Cup brown sugar
·         ¼ Cup PURE maple syrup
·         ¾ Cup local honey
·         1 Cup coconut oil (or Non GMO canola oil)
·         1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
·         1 Tablespoon good vanilla
·         2-3 Cups total dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, pineapple, mango, or coconut, etc! I mix it up every time :) {also experiment with different nuts!}

How to Make:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325’ F (165’C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2.  Combine oats, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and pecans in a very large bowl and mix well.
  3.  In a medium sauce pan stir together salt, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour over dry ingredients, stir to coat and mix well. Spread mixture out evenly on the baking sheets.
  4.  Bake in the preheated oven until crispy and toasted, about 20 min. Stir once with a spatula halfway through. Cool, then stir in the dried fruit before storing in an airtight container.