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Granola

What could be better first thing in the morning than oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, raisins, dates and sesame seed all bound together in a honey glaze. It’s ridiculously simple and, as an added bonus, it’s good for you!! Easy and good for you,
what more could you want?

1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup sliced almonds
5 cups of old fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
3/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Place the sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and almonds on a baking sheet each in their own column. Toast for 5 to 9 minutes depending upon what it is. Remove as the item is toasted and place in a large bowl. Add the oatmeal and salt. Leave oven on. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray really well. Set aside.

Glaze
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water

Mix all together. Pour over the dry mix in the bowl and mix to coat completely. If you decide to do this with your hands and don’t have vinyl gloves, oil your hands.
Place the mixture on the prepared baking sheet spreading it out flat. Bake about 15 to 18 minutes, just until lightly browned. Cool completely without disturbing.

Final Assembly
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates

When the granola is cool, break into clumps and stir in the raisins and dates.
Store in an airtight container.

©Copyright Helen S. Fletcher 2010. All rights Reserved.

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2 comments to Granola

  • Helen, I am looking forward to making your Granola . I watched the program Monday and you mentioned the amount of time the sunflower seeds should bake, and the sesame seeds and the almonds and the oatmeal. could you let me know?
    Thanks. I love watching you.

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Hi Mary Jo: Thank you so much for the kind words. Yesterday was a special joy for me as my grandsons were in the studio watching. They loved the granola so much I am shipping some to them in Chicago. The key is to get everything toasted to a golden brown. Ovens vary, but the sesame seeds usually take 5 to 7, the sunflower seeds, 7 to 9 and the almonds 8 to 10. The color is more important than the time.