Homemade Granola

Granola is a great snack for munching on, and wonderful as a topping on yogurt and oatmeal. But how often can you actually taste the flavors of your granola? Usually the store-bought varieties are so loaded With sweeteners and artificial flavorings that you can’t taste much of anything. Well, you’ll be happy to know its easy to make yourself! It’s a perfect way to use up your last bits of nuts, dries fruits and seeds, too! And once you’ve tried it homemade, you probably won’t go back!

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Homemade Granola
(Adapted from Jaime Oliver’s recipe)

2 cups whole rolled oats
1/2 c. almonds, chopped
1/2 c. hazelnuts, chopped
2 heaping Tbsps. each pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-2 generous pinches of sea salt
2-3 Tbsps. Honey
2 Tbsps. olive oil
1 c. Mixed dried fruit cut in small chunks ( I used figs, cranberries, and mango)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add the honey and olive oil, and stir. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with foil or wAndover and bake for approximately 25 minutes. Open the oven door every 8-10 minutes and push the granola around with a wooden spoon to encourage it to brown evenly. Be sure to watch it toward the end so it doesn’t burn. When the granola is done, toss with dried fruit and cool. Feel free to sub the bits and fruits with your favorites!

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