Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yummy Granola

Hi, this is my first post to this blog. I am a sister of Lara Cook (Swasey). We both loved this granola we got from a friend for Christmas. This is really good on oatmeal, yogurt, or just plain. It is a good way to get more whole grains and fiber into my kids' diet. (I'll try to post a pic later)

Granola

6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup of coconut
2 cups of chopped nuts

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup honey
1 cup brown sugar

2 cups dried fruit

Preheat oven 350. Combine oats, wheat germ, coconut and nuts in a large bowl. In a glass bowl microwave oil, honey, and brown sugar for 2-3 minutes. Stir well. Pour sugar mix over oat mix and combine until well coated. Spray two large cookie sheets with non stick cooking spray. Divide mix over the two sheets and spread out evenly. Place both pans in oven on seperate racks. Bake for 10 min then remove stir on pans and place back in oven rotating racks. Bake another 8-10 minutes and remove. You have to watch it close the last few minutes or it will burn. Stir granola around on pan and let cool a few minutes and sprinkle the dried fruit over granola. Let cool completely and store in ziploc bags or air tight containers. It makes a lot so recipe can be halfed. I mix and match different nuts and fruits all the time. I also don't always use coconut in it. The kind I made for Christmas was with almonds and cherry flavored craisins, no coconut.

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