Goodness Granola

Goodness Granola

Goodness Granola

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

Serves

12 people

Whole grain granola loaded with vibrant bits of sweet sun-dried fruit & toasted nuts tastes great for breakfast or a wholesome ‘anytime’ snack. For a festive gift, layer granola in reusable glass canister and finish with a bow and fresh holiday greenery.

Why Try? Gourmet specialty store granola at half the cost! For party gifts; package granola in small gift bags, tie with holiday ribbon and arrange in large basket as a delicious take-home gift from the heart.

This granola recipe is easy to customize– switch out your favorite dried fruit or nuts (such as dried apples and almonds) for fruit and nuts in recipe. For added fiber; add flax seed, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. For an exotic Mediterranean granola; blend dried figs and raw cashews into toasted oatmeal mixture.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 cups sweetened dried cranberries, blueberries and cherries
  • 2 cups sliced almonds or pecan pieces
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups dried apricots, diced

Preparation

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Combine oats, coconut and nuts in large bowl; toss to blend.
  • 3 Combine oil, honey and vanilla extract in small bowl and whisk to blend. Pour over oat mixture and toss to blend.
  • 4 Spread evenly onto 13-inch x 18-inch baking sheet.
  • 5 Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden, stirring occasionally.
  • 6 Remove from oven and cool.
  • 7 Combine toasted oat mixture and dried fruit in large bowl and toss to blend.
  • 8 Transfer cooled granola into decorative containers. Makes 3 - 1/2 quarts.

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