Friday, January 21, 2011

Yummy Granola

I usually have fruit, toast, or oatmeal for breakfast but this morning I was craving some nutty, fruity granola. The recipe I use is not necessarily low fat or low in calories but boy is it yummy.! Feel free to substitute if you are not a fan of one of the ingredients or don't have it on hand. I had to use spanish pumpkin seeds instead of sunflower seeds. I like it a little fruitier and nuttier too so I add slivered almonds or walnuts or pecans. I also add craisins, and golden raisins too! A palmful or about 1/4 cup each.

2 1/2 cups oatmeal (any kind but instant)
1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/2 (4 tablespoons) stick of unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup of raisins

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In large 11 x 17 inch  lightly buttered pan or roasting pan add oatmeal, coconut, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring several times
While oatmeal is toasting combine butter, brown sugar, honey, and salt in a small pan and heat over medium low heat till it comes to a simmer. Off heat add the vanilla.
Reset oven to 350 degrees, and add the wheat germ to oatmeal mixture. Drizzle butter, honey mixture over oatmeal and toss lightly with a fork. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes then add raisins, stirring to combine. Press mixture firmly into an even layer and bake for another 5 minutes or until oatmeal is light golden color. Remove from oven and let cool for five minutes, using a spatula loosen granola from bottom of the pan into large chunks. Cool completely then store in airtight container.

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