Home made granola – Yum!

I am still combating the burned lunch smell I inadvertently created in my kitchen yesterday (you can see my FB page for details on that stunning move) so I decided it was a great morning to make up a batch of this amazing smelling and even better tasting granola.  I am hoping this will help push out the smokey smell.

This recipe is so easy to make, and while it may seem expensive to buy the ingredients at first, keep in mind that what you purchase will make several batches.  Have you bought organic granola at the super market?  Now THAT can be expensive.  I figure this recipe cuts that cost in half, and you know exactly what it is in it.  You can also taylor it to your own tastes or dietary needs.  And I have to say that this is the best tasting granola I have ever eaten, really!

Here is what you will need:

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4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned, not quick oats)

3 teaspoons of coriander or cinnamon

1 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup flaked or shredded coconut

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)

1 tablespoon of vanilla

1 cup raisins

Preheat  your oven to 285 degrees.

Mix together the oats, sunflower seeds, spice (I used coriander today), and flaked or shredded coconut.

In a small sauce pan on low/med heat, melt the coconut oil into the maple syrup or honey – keep an eye on this as it can easily burn.  You really just want to melt the coconut oil.

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Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract.  Mix well.

Pour this over the dry oat mixture, being sure to add slowly and mix well so all the dry ingredients are well coated.

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Spread onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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Remove from the oven and immediately stir your granola around.  This will prevent sticking to the pan as it cools.  Now, add your 1 cup of raisins and cool.  Store in and air tight container.

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Almonds or other nuts can also be added to your granola along with flax or sesame seeds.  If you do add 1 cup of nuts, I would recommend reducing the oats to just 3 cups.  Enjoy!!

Now I am off to research other ways to remove a smoke smell from your home – wish me luck!

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