Nutty Granola

Okay. I know granola is fake healthy food. It has a million calories, but I always feel like I’m doing something good for myself when I eat it with plain yogurt. I don’t care. I’ve been called delusional more than a couple of times in my life. I still love it.

(Use melted butter instead of oil for particularly decadent granola, or add some flax oil to boost omega 3s.)

4-5 cups old-fashioned (large flake) oats
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts or a combination
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey, Roger’s Golden Syrup or maple syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla or coconut extract
1/2 cup green pumpkin seeds
1/2-1 cup dried cranberries, raisins, slivered apricots or other dried fruit

Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, nuts, coconut, cinnamon and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, brown sugar, honey/Roger’s Golden Syrup/maple syrup and vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until well coated.

Spread out onto one or two baking sheets, making clumps by squeezing some of it together if you like. Bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring two or three times, until golden. Remove from the oven and stir in the pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Cool completely, then package in jars or sealed bags.

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