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Homemade granola couldn’t be simpler.  Benefits to baking up this nutty, crunchy goodness are no preservatives, you add ingredients you like, and it’s much cheaper than boxed varieties.   It’s a win-win situation.

Enjoy with milk, fresh fruit or low-fat yogurt.  Also, a delicious topping for warm roasted fruit (a healthier twist on a fruit crisp dessert).  Make an extra batch for your friends, or store in zip top bags in the freezer.  A fun gift in glass jars with lids for a family with a new baby.  Add jars to a basket with some fresh fruit, large container of yogurt and my egg quiche for a complete breakfast present.

Wonderful cooking with kids recipe!

maple-pecan granola

makes about 8 cups

  • 2 tbsp BUTTER, REGULAR, UNSALTED, melted
  • 1 tbsp CANOLA OIL
  • 1/3 cup MAPLE SYRUP, 100% PURE
  • 1/3 cup HONEY, PURE or RAW
  • 2 tbsp BROWN SUGAR
  • 1/3 cup APPLE JUICE, 100% JUICE
  • 1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 2 tsp CINNAMON, GROUND
  • 1/8 tsp NUTMEG, GROUND
  • 1/2 tsp SALT, SEA
  • 1/2 cup PECANS, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup ALMONDS, slivered
  • 3 cups OATS, ROLLED, OLD FASHIONED
  • 1 cup BROWN CRISPY RICE CEREAL
  • 1 3/4 cup RAISINS

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl combine melted butter, oil, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, juice, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg with a whisk.  Add nuts, oats, salt and cereal to liquids; stir to coat well.

2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread granola mixture evenly onto each of the two prepared pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring about every 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and add raisins. Let cool and store in an airtight container for a few weeks. Makes about 8 cups granola. Serving size: about 1/2 cup.

VARIATIONS: Use dried cranberries or chopped dried apples or apricots for raisins. Add other nuts like walnuts or pistachios.

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING: 240 calories, 9g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 78mg sodium, 39g carb, 3g fiber, 22g sugar, 4g protein

Be on the look out tomorrow for healthy Labor Day recipes! 

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