Friday, April 9, 2010

Weekly Granola Project!

The oats & nuts are mixed & ready for baking!
All the dried fruits are diced & waiting!
Yum...It's baked & crunchy & warm!

I have made home-made-granola for our family every week, for the last 10 years (well just about!). The kids have become a big part of this project & I am happy to say that my daughter is now taking over this awesome responsibility! We enjoy this crunchy treat with soy milk or on top of yogurt or ice cream. And it keeps us from buying processed/boxed breakfast foods. Breakfast is such an important meal of the day & so many times it’s the easiest meal to skip or rush through. Consider trying this recipe as a simple cereal to add to your family’s favorites. Yum!

4 cups rolled oats, ½ c. roasted sunflower seeds, ½ c. raw cashews, ½ c. raw almonds, ½ c. roasted soy nuts, ½ c. roasted pumpkin seeds, ½ c. dried banana chips, 1½ c. coconut, ¾ c. honey, ¾ c. canola oil, ¼ c. brown sugar, ½ c. diced dried mango, ½ c. diced dried papaya, ½ c. dried cranberries, ½ c. currants.

Mix everything together, except for the dried fruits. Bake at 325 degrees on a baking sheet (you may need 2) for 30 - 40 minutes. Make sure to keep a close eye on it, as it likes to brown quickly. Stir occasionally to keep the cereal browning evenly. Once you take it out of the oven, mix in the dried fruits. Allow to cool on the counter. Place in a sealed container. This freezes well, if you’d like to make a bigger batch.
(Substitute any nuts or dried fruits to make this cereal fit your family’s needs!!)

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