My Granola


INGREDIENTS:

6 cups (1.5 L) old fashioned (large flake) oats
1-2 cups (250-500 mL) chopped or sliced nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, green pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, ground flax seeds)
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
Pinch cinnamon (optional)
1/4-1/3 cup (60-85 mL) honey
1/4-1/3 cup (60-85 mL) maple syrup or brown rice syrup
2-4 tbsp (30-60 mL) flax oil (optional)
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla, almond or coconut extract
1 cup (250 mL) dried fruit, such as raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, or chopped dried dates, apricots, apples and pears



DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 300°F.In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts and seeds, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, stir together honey, maple syrup, flax oil and vanilla. Pour over the oats and toss to coat them well.
Spread the mixture on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30-45 minutes, stirring a few times until the mixture is golden. Remove from the oven and stir in the dried fruit. Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring to an airtight container or individual zip lock bags to stash in your desk, car or gym bag.

Makes about 8 cups.

PER 1/2 CUP:

179 calories, 3.3 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat, 1.6 g monounsaturated fat, 0.9 g polyunsaturated fat), 4.4 g protein, 24.6 g carbohydrate, 0 mg cholesterol, 3.3 g fiber. 16% calories from fat.

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