Friday, March 5, 2010

Family Favorite - Granola

I ♥ Granola!


I have been trying out several different recipes and finally came up with one that I ♥!

Vanilla Scented Granola

2 c. rolled oats
1 c. whole almonds
1 c. pecan halves
1 c. shredded coconut
½ c. packed brown sugar
¼ c. sunflower seeds
¼ t. salt
1 stick butter, melted
¼ c. honey
1 T. vanilla extract
1½ t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 300˚.  Combine the oats, almonds, pecans, coconut, brown sugar, sunflower seeds and salt in a bowl and mix well.  Whisk the butter, honey, vanilla and cinnamon in a bowl until blended and drizzle over the oats mixture, tossing to coat.

Spread the oats mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring once.  Let stand until cool and store in an airtight container {stays fresh for weeks}.

Delicious & delightful on yogurt, with fresh fruit or just by itself.  It has become my new breakfast of choice!

{If you like dried fruit in your granola, you can add it.  You can change up the nuts.  If you aren't a fan of coconut, you can omit that.  You can be as creative as you please!}

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