Goodbye store-bought granola.  Hello homemade goodness.

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
½ cup slivered almonds (or whole if you like)
½ cup cashews
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds (hulled and unsalted)
1 cup shredded coconut (I use unsweetened but you can use either)
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
Wanna make it even healthier?  Add in a tablespoon of flax seed. No one will notice, I promise.
¼ cups plus 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar

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¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp maple syrup OR honey
¼ cup blackstrap molasses

¼ cup vegetable oil
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
A few shakes of ginger and nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
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½ cup or more raisins
½ cup or more chopped figs, dates, cranberries or whatever other dried fruit you like.

Directions:
Preheat Oven to 250 F
In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, seeds and brown sugar.
In another bowl, combine the maple syrup (or honey), molasses, oil, salt, cinnamon, and other spices. 
Combine the two mixtures and pour onto 2 parchment-lined cookie sheet pans. 

Cook in oven for 1 hour, 15 min, stirring every 15 minutes or so to get even cooking and color.
Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl.  It will still feel a bit moist, but will dry out as it cools.  Add dried fruit  while it’s warm and mix together. Let cool, then store in air-tight container.  Eat it right out of hand, serve as a breakfast cereal with milk, or as a topping for yogurt, along with some fresh berries.

WARNING: This stuff’s to die for, and you won’t be able to stop eating it. 
With each bite, continue to remind yourself that it’s filled with GOOD-for-you-fats.
 I’ll be OK.
Just enjoy.

Click HERE for an easy-print version of my recipe!

Well, did you click on it?  Ain’t that cool!?  Hello, google sites!?!  SUCH a fun discovery for me.  I will be now be storing ALL my posted recipes there, so stay tuned for more! 😉
Also, remember that granola is very versatile!  Play around with your recipe until you find a combination that works for you and your family’s taste buds.

This yummy stuff is also PERFECT for gift-giving (new baby, housewarming, Christmas…)

Money Saving Tip: buy your oats, nuts and seeds in BULK!