Making home-made granola is so easy and you can tailor it to suit your own preferences - and it costs very little! This is a basic recipe; in addition to oats, other rolled grains such as wheat, barley, etc may be added also. Paji loves to munch the granola with a cup of spicy tea :-). Practically fat free, Granola makes a very portable and healthy snack. Top warm porridge or pudding with a spoonful of granola for a wonderful treat!
8 cups Old-fashioned Rolled Oats (not quick or instant)
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
1/2 cup Coconut flakes
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 - 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 cup raw Nuts: Sliced Almonds, Cashews, or Walnut/Pecan pieces
1 cup Dried fruits: raisins, berries, apricots, peaces, etc
Coconut Oil for coating the pans
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Coat two 9 x 13 inch rimmed baking pans generously with coconut oil; set aside.
Combine the maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
Mix together the oats, seeds, nuts, and coconut.
Add oat mixture to the liquid mixture and mix well.
Spread the oat mixture in the prepared baking pans.
Bake for 1 hour stirring every 10 - 15 minutes for even toasting. I like to rotate the pans too - that is move the pans' position so that they get cooked more evenly.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Stir in the dried fruits.
Store in air tight containers.
Serve as a snack or for breakfast with soy or other 'milk'. Enjoy!!