The Gift of Granola

November 29, 2012

Tis the season for baked goodies and gifts! Why not try giving the gift of breakfast instead of dessert? This granola is not too sweet and makes the perfect breakfast or snack. I promise that your friends, family, and neighbors will beg you for more. So get to baking and spread granola cheer!

RUTHIE’S FAMOUS GRANOLA
adapted from a friend’s recipe

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Mix the following in a large bowl:

4 cups extra thick rolled oats (Bob’s Red Mill)
3 cups of nuts- any combo would work but this is what I like
1 cup whole almonds (skin on), chopped
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 cup – 1 cup coconut, unsweetened (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger

3. Combine the following in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until warm & ingredients dissolve (about 30 seconds):

1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup safflower or canola oil

4. Pour liquid over dry ingredients and toss well.
5. Spread onto a large baking sheet covered with parchment or foil.
6. Bake for a total of about 2 hours. Pull out the granola and stir gently every 20-30 minutes. Keep a close eye on the granola towards the end, as it will turn overly brown quickly.
7. Let cool completely before storing.

Notes:
-Make sure all ingredients are raw – not roasted or salted. BUT, sometimes I use salted sunflower seeds and the salty sweet combination is good.
– Flax is a good addition before or after baking
– Dried fruit is nice to add after the granola cools.
-The mixture will be fairly dry and slightly sticky
-Store in the refrigerator or freezer for optimal freshness.

Here is a printable copy of the recipe Ruthie’s Famous Granola

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