Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Granola is so versatile. It's a snack, breakfast topping over
hot cereal, paired with yogurt for a parfait, put over ice-
cream or a great addition for your lunch bag. How about
as a gift? Put in an airtight jar, add a ribbon..good to go.
I went through many recipes and just came up with this


4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
1 1/4 cups coconut
1 1/4 cups roughly chopped pecans (you can substitute 
   walnuts or almonds or do a little of 2 kinds)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups dried fruit (I used dried blueberries and
   cranraisins. but any dried fruit or combination is ok.)
   The dried blueberries are terrific in this.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a large rimmed baking pan (half a sheet pan, an
   11x16, you want to spread it out one layer.) I used
   parchment paper to line the pan.
In a large bowl combine the oats, coconut, the nuts,
   and the salt.
In another bowl combine the oil and the honey, Stir
   together with a fork or whisk. It will kinda emulsify.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry. Stir to cover
   the oat mixture thoroughly.
Pour onto the baking sheet. Spread to one layer.
Bake for 25 minutes, take from oven, stir the granola.
   Don't let it get to brown. It does harden up a little.
Add the fruit over top and stir into mixture.
Let cool completely. 
Use an air-tight container to store.

Adapted from many recipes. 

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