Our Favorite Granola

Granola Although we did not come up with this recipe ourselves, it has become an all time favorite with our guests. I am sure you will agree…..

You will need….

4 1/2 cups rolled oats A pinch of ground cloves 3 cups coarsely chopped almonds 1 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups sunflower seeds 1 cup safflower oil 1 cup or more of any of the following: cranberries, dates, raisins, dried figs/apricots/prunes, dried apple, etc… (cut into bite sized pieces) 1/4 cup honey 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey 1 tbsp vanilla 1/2 tsp almond extract 1 1/2 tbsp cinnamon

First step is to chop almonds. Put the oats, chopped almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
Combine the oil, sweeteners, vanilla, almond extract, spices and salt in saucepan, heat until it becomes watery. Pour the oil mixture over the dry ingredients, tossing until everything is moistened.
Spread enough granola on the cookie sheet to cover it with a thin layer. Bake in the middle of a 325F oven for about 20 min, or until granola is golden brown, stirring halfway through to ensure even baking.
This granola will harden as it cools, when cool, transfer to bowl and mix with fruit. Store when granola is completely cool.
Enjoy…….

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