After the Holidays Granola!

For those of you who were disappointed that I didn’t make granola for the holiday here is the recipe! The beauty of granola is you can adjust the recipe to suit your tastes, just make sure you cook it long enough to dry it out. 

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

To make this process easier I place a very large mixing bowl on my kitchen scale and weigh the following ingredients:

  • 48 ounces Organic Thick Rolled Oats
  • 8 ounces Organic Sliced Almonds
  • 8 ounces Organic Chopped Pecans
  • 5 ounces Organic Flake Coconut (unsweetened)
  • 5 ounces Organic Shredded Coconut (unsweetened)
  • 8 ounces Organic Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • 4 ounces Organic Raw Sesame Seeds
  • 4 ounces Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Mix the dry ingredients to evenly distribute the nuts and seeds.

Now measure the ingredients for the sauce and place them in a saucepan on the stove to bring to a quick boil.

  • 1.5 cups Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Organic Honey
  • 1 cup Organic Black Molasses
  • ½ cup Organic Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Organic Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp Organic Vanilla Extract

As soon as the sauce is boiling remove from the heat and, in two batches incorporate the sauce into the oat mixture.

I like to use two large roasting pans to roast the granola as it is easier to stir while in the oven.

Stir the granola every 20 – 30 minutes and continue roasting until it becomes a rich caramel color.  Be patient with this process and pay close attention to prevent the granola from burning.  It may take 90 – 120 minutes depending on the type of rolled oats you use.

Once the granola has finished roasting mix in the dried fruit of your choice and continue roasting for 15 minutes.  If you add the fruit at the beginning of the roasting it will burn and be too hard once the granola has cooled. 

I add the following dried fruit:

  • 6 ounces Organic Dried Cherries
  • 6 ounces Organic Dried Blueberries
  • 6 ounces Organic Dried Cranberries
  • 6 ounces Organic Dried Date Pieces (if you cut up whole dates I suggest dusting them with organic oatmeal flour to prevent them from sticking together).

Once you remove the granola mix it once and let it cool for 1 hour until mixing again.  If you prefer to have a cereal with no clumps them you can stir it more regularly during the cooling process. 

I like to store the granola in glass quart jars and then give it away or else I will eat all of it!