Golden Fruit and Nut Granola

Golden Fruit and Nut Granola

It’s a great way to start the day!

It’s taken a few experiments to get my granola both yummy AND healthy.  For the most economical choice, use a combination of peanuts and raisins, with honey as the sweetener.  For the most luxurious, choose Pistachios, and Dried Cherries, with REAL Maple Syrup.

4 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup Pistachios, Almonds, OR Peanuts
1/4 cup Chia Seeds OR Sunflower Seeds
1 1/2 cups Dried Cranberries OR Dried Cherries OR Dried Apricots, OR Raisins
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Maple Syrup OR Honey
1 tsp. Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F.  Makes approx. 7 cups.

Combine above ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well.  Spread out over a cookie sheet.  Bake for 15-25 minutes or until golden brown.   Every 10 minutes give in a little stir.  I usually go for the full 25 minutes as I like my granola crunchy.  Near the end, watch it quite closely, no one likes a burned nuts!

Let the mix cool on the sheet, then pour it into a jar with a screw top lid.  It will store like this for a couple of weeks.  If you want to keep it longer, then store the jar in the fridge for up to a month.

If you’re cutting calories, opt for low-calorie Almond rather than a high-fat Dairy Milk.

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