Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fabulous Homemade Granola


Lately, I've been loving granola.  I can't get enough of it.  I love sprinkling it over greek yogurt and fresh blueberries for a healthy, yummy snack.  Or, it's equally as mouth-watering by the handful.

So, I got to thinking...Why don't I come up with my own recipe for the crunchy, satisfying goodness that is granola?  This recipe was the fabulous result.  It's perfectly sweet, thanks to a combination of light brown sugar and wildflower honey.  Sliced almonds, roasted sunflower kernels, and sesame seed also make an appearance.  Plus, a smattering of ground cinnamon only adds to the wow factor.

If you're a granola fan like me, you will really love this recipe!  It comes together easily and is ready in a flash.  Store it in an air-tight container, and you've got a snack that will last for days (if it doesn't disappear faster!).

Bon appetit, my friends!


Homemade Granola

Ingredients:
3 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup roasted sunflower kernels
1/3 cup sesame seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup honey, preferably wildflower
1/4 cup canola oil

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Mix the first six ingredients in a large bowl. 

In a separate small bowl, vigorously whisk together the honey and canola oil until well combined.  Pour over the dry ingredients.

Using your hands, thoroughly mix the granola until the honey mixture is fully incorporated, lightly squeezing as you go.

Press the granola into an even layer on a large silicone-lined baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown; stirring every 10 minutes to promote even browning.

Cool completely;  granola will harden as it cools.


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