Thursday, September 2, 2010

Homemade Granola

OK-why bother. Well, most packaged granola has raisins that are rock hard, too much sugar and fat and taste kind of fake. This is a simple recipe that only takes moments to throw together and lasts for weeks in an airtight container. I used to make lots of granola in the 1970's (we did lots of cool things back then) but used honey which I always thought was a little sticky. I like this version with Maple syrup much better. Treat yourself and make some granola!
3 C Oats
3/4 C Sliced or slivered almonds
1/2 c Sunflower seeds
1/2 Pumpkin seeds
1/2 T Wheat Germ or ground Flax seed
1/2 T Cinnamon
1/4 t Salt
2 T Oil
1/2 C Maple syrup
1 C Dried Fruit (Craisins, Raisins, etc.)
Combine the oil and syrup and add to all of the dry ingredients except the dried fruit. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes stirring at least once during the baking. Remove and cool. The granola will become crisper as it cools.