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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mom's Granola

The original recipe for this came from Tom's Mom.  Keep what you like; take out what you don't.  Increase the amount of one thing, but decrease something else to keep the proportions about the same.

3 C oatmeal                                      
½ C sliced almonds
1 C chopped nuts
½ C coconut                                
¼ C sesame seeds*                             
½ C wheat germ*                               
2 tsp cinnamon
½  tsp nutmeg             

¼ C oil      
2 Tbsp grated orange/lemon rind ++
¼-½ C honey/maple syrup #  (depends on how sweet you want it)    
½ Tbsp molasses   
1 tsp vanilla extract   
½ tsp almond extract (optional)
To add after baking:  
1-2 C dried fruit such as cranberries, chopped dried pears, etc.

* Can be toasted at 350 for about 10 minutes. Stir so it won’t burn.  (Don’t brown too much because it will roast more as it bakes.)  Then turn oven down to 300 degrees.

++ Really adds a nice touch of brightening up the flavor
#  Can use any sweetener as part of this amount.

Combine dry ingredients.  Mix liquids and heat in microwave for 20-30 seconds if necessary.  Add to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Line 1 large (13x17)  or two (9x13) pans with foil and spray with oil.  Spread out in pan(s).  Bake for 30-40- minutes, stirring several times.  It will continue to brown slightly after removal from oven.
Cool and mix in dried fruit, if desired.  Makes about 6-7 cups.

Keeps several months in a tightly closed container or keep in freezer.

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