Hail to The Granola!

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I have a HUGE tub of oatmeal….what to do?  What is make granola. . . with almonds, flax seeds (for added fiber), dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds.

Like most commercial products that cover the shelves of our grocery stores that are highly processed, I wanted to make some granola without all that sodium, sugar, and fat.

This is a great topper for yogurts, or just to munch on by itself. The reason why they don’t look like clusters is mainly due to the amount of honey/sugar I put in. The more sugar, the sticker, and the more calories.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c. rolled oats
  • 3/4 c. slithered almonds
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c. flax seeds
  • 14 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp. saigon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 315 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, dried cranberries, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In another mixing bowl with the melted coconut oil, mix in the honey and maple syrup. Next, add the extracts, and mix thoroughly.

Pour the wet batter over the dry ingredients, and mix baby, mix. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola over it. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven and mix the granola every 15 minutes. When the granola is all nice and toasty, remove from the oven and cool.

Store in an airtight container and enjoy 🙂

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