Homemade Granola

It certainly is a blustery day today! With wind chills below zero, I’ve been busy keeping the woodstove loaded and my oven going. Cold, homebound days are perfect for getting ahead in the kitchen.

Today I made a batch of homemade granola. This recipe is very flexible. I change it up based on what I have on hand. I just keep the amounts of wet and dry ingredients the same, and it always turns out.

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Mama T’s Granola

4 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup each: sliced almonds

raw cashews

pepitas

flax meal

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

raisins or other dried fruit to add after baking

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients.

Melt the coconut oil with the honey or maple syrup until combined. Stir into the dry ingredients.

Line a large baking sheet or two with parchment paper (I use my big roasting pan with high sides to make for easy stirring).

Bake for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or so until golden brown. Do NOT stir. Allow pan to cool completely on a wire rack. (letting the granola cool before stirring gives bigger clumps instead of tiny flakes).

Stir in dried fruit and store in an airtight container. Makes about 9 cups.

This is a delicious breakfast or snack with yogurt or milk.

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