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homemade granola

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i love granola – but it has never occurred to me to try and make my own! i found this recipe on the kitchn and they raved about it, so i think i might try it.  plus granola is a great energy-boosting snack that is perfect to bring along on hikes or other outdoor activities you might be doing on a nice day like today…

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw pistachios, hulled
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
1 cup coconut chips
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
3/4 cup chopped dried apricots

fresh berries, for serving (optional).

1. preheat oven to 300 degrees. in a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, coconut chips, maple syrup, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and cardamom. spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.

2. transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine. serve with yogurt or fresh fruit, if desired.

*makes about 9 cups.


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Lulu -March 21, 2010, 3:55PM

this looks yummy!

sarah -March 21, 2010, 8:45PM

can’t wait to try! my blog has a post on granola with a recipe. different than yours, but also delicious! going out to buy all the stuff for yours now!

Christina -March 22, 2010, 11:00AM

Just a few suggestions to make it a lot more healthy:
instead of highly processed sugars which can harm your health & always weaken your immune system, use raw honey instead.
Instead of heating the grains/fats/proteins to 300 degrees which denatures them, kills nutrients, & causes a carcinogenic byproduct when heating above 240 degrees, dry this granola in your dehydrator, or at lower temps in oven.
Also, always use sea salt instead refined white salt.

fp julia -March 22, 2010, 11:17AM

hey christina thanks so much for the tips!!

Sarah -March 22, 2010, 4:04PM

Please keep posting recipes! I love to cook! I made the dew drop smoothies from a few posts back (they didn’t come out very well) and I’ll probably try my hand at this recipe this week.

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