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Friday, January 14, 2011

Healthy Granola

Last weekend after finally getting some snow around here I went snowshoeing a couple days in a row. The first day there was only one trail to follow, the next there were so many loops that we thought we'd either got lost or did the same circle a few times over. I brought some healthy granola mix I had made over the holidays, which I also gave as gifts to friends and family. The granola is really good on its own, in yogurt and recently I saw a cook on the Food Network add M&Ms to it and then sprinkle it over ice cream - yum!
1/2 cup wheat flour
5 cups rolled quick cooking oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup bran flakes
1 cup almonds chopped
1 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup oil
1 cup honey
1 T cinammon
1/2 cup each of raisins and cranraisins (cherry flavored)
add anything you love in granola
Combine all the ingredients and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 30-40 minutes, tossing around every 10 minutes. Watch for it to turn golden brown. The longer it cooks the harder the granola will be and it hardens more as it cools....let cool completely and then store in containers in the fridge or freezer.