Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Energizing Granola

This is my new favorite breakfast! It's healthy, easy to change up, and simple to make!

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup unsalted sunflower kernels
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
2 Tablespoons ground flax-seed
1/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons molasses
1 Tablespoon canola oil
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1/3 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried banana chips

1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine the water, honey, molasses, and oil. Heat for 3-4 minutes over medium heat until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in the vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Pour over oat mixture; stir to coat.
2. Transfer to a 15 x 10 x 1 in baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring every 10 mins. Cool completely. Stir in dried fruits. Store in an airtight container.

{Kudos to Taste of Home magazine!}

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