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WOW! Who are you making all that granola for?

So the storms off the East Coast have generated some pretty big waves and that means my husband is gone from Sun Up to Sun Down surfing. 12 Feet yesterday! Granola is one of his favorites and it is awesome because it is a healthy, high energy snack you can eat alone (in a ziplock on the way to check the waves), add to yogurt, cereal or just pour some Almond Milk over it and make it a small meal. I made a lot not realizing, so much Herb came in and said “WOW! Who are you making all that for”. So I put it in some big Mason jars and tied a bow on it to give to who ever came by, and it worked…I’m down to 2 from 5.
Getting just the right recipe takes time, trials and errors but i really lucked out with this one. I looked up about 50 different recipes and came up with what I thought would be the perfect combination that is not too sweet and is not too dark (burnt). This came out fantastic.
Granola HAS to be baked slow and low because it can get brown fast and burn and once you have a tiny bit of burnt taste, all of it will taste burnt.

WHAT YOU NEED:
Dry Ingredients:
4 Cups Rolled Oats
1 Cup Sunflower seeds
1 Cup Dried Cherries
1 Cup Dried Cranberries
2 Cups Shredded Coconut
Coating:
1/2 Cup brown sugar (Packed down)
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Real Vermont Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon High Quality Vanilla Extract
4 Tablespoons Butter

WHAT YOU DO:

PRE HEAT OVEN TO 270 DEGREES
In a sauce pan combine all the ingredients for the coating.
Heat on Medium until everything has melted
Set aside

In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients.
Slowly add the brown sugar mixture to the Dry, folding and stirring to make sure everything is coated evenly.
Spread mixture into a thin layer on a SILPAT or foil lined baking sheets
Bake at 275 for approximately 10 minutes then check it to ensure the temperature is not too high and then continue for another 30 min stirring half way through.
Let the Granola cool completely and put in ziplocks or easy grab and go snacks and if you have them Mason jars for storing!!
ENJOY! -T

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sani panini
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 00:17:49

    Great pictures! Looks good

    Reply

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