Monday, March 16, 2009

Recipe Tuesday

This recipe was taken from I made it with my kids and they thought it was so much fun. It is a great snack or good with milk for breakfast.

All of the items for granola can be found in your food storage, so it is a great recipe to have on hand to use up and rotate items in your food storage.

Homemade Granola:
1 c. sliced almonds (or any nut you prefer-I tried whole almonds)
5 c. oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. raisins (I used a mix of dried blueberries, cranberries)
1/4 c. sesame seeds (optional)
1/4 c. sunflower seeds (optional)
1/2 c. flaxseed (optional--good for you and you can't even tell it is there)
1/2 c. REAL maple syrup(This is about $5 for a small bottle but you can use it for 2 batches of granola. I have not tried but I bet you could use regular syrup too)
1/2 c. honey
1/3 c. canola oil

Mix ingredients all together until all ingredients are covered in the honey, maple syrup and oil. If you need to add a little more honey you can do that. You don't want it very sticky, just enough to keep the granola together. Place granola on a baking sheet (don't spray) and put in the oven at 150-170 degrees and bake for approx 2 hours (or until COMPLETELY dry and crunchy). Every 30-40 minutes take the granola out of the oven and stir around to make sure all of the granola is evenly cooked. You can also put the granola in a dehydrator for 3-4 hours on medium heat until dry. By not cooking the granola at a high temperature you are keeping all of the nutrients and healthy enzymes in tact--it is the healthiest way to eat your grains. Let granola cool and then store in ziploc bags, Tupperwares or canisters. Will last for several months in your pantry (as long as it is completely dry).

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