Friday, September 04, 2009

Recipe: Harvest Granola with flax

Today I made a batch of harvest granola. Way better than store bought granola and super easy to make. You can have a batch on the table in less time than it takes to run to the store and for less money than store bought cereal.

8 cups of old fashioned oatmeal, dry
1 cup of freshly ground flax seed
1 cup of coarsely chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or other nuts
1 cup of honey
1/2 cup olive oil or other cold pressed oil
1 cup of dried fruit, like cranberries, apples, blueberries, pears, raisins

Mix the oatmeal, flax seed and nuts in a large mixing bowl. Heat the honey and olive oil together until they are liquid. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon. Spread evenly on to greased baking sheet. Bake in 300F oven for 20 minutes. Stir the granola, moving the browned outer edges to the middle and the lesser browned parts to the outside. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven.

Stir in dried fruit while granola is still warm. Allow to cool without further stirring. Store in air tight container after it has cooled.

Yield: 20 servings
Serving size is 1/2 cup of granola.

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