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Mix and Match Granola

 

Who doesn’t love a nutty, crunchy granola with a faint taste of maple syrup. Well, I do and I always eat more of it than I should. That’s one reason I get plenty of practise making it. It’s delicious and makes a wonderful gift in a decorative glass jar or colorful tin. Considering what you pay for organic, maple syrup sweetened granola these days, it’s so worth it making your own. It’s also easy and quick (except for the baking time) and you can twist the recipe whichever way you fancy.

Ingredients

4 cups rolled oats (not quick cooking)

1 cup almonds, chopped

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup hazelnuts, chopped

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 tablespoons walnut oil

3 tablespoons maple syrup or more to taste

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Preheat oven to 250 F (120 C).

Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Stir together oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and warm slightly in pan. Poor over dry ingredients and mix well to combine. Spread on paper lined baking tray and bake for 1.5 hours, stirring granola and rotating baking tray half way through. Remove tray from oven and let cool completely. Mix in dried fruit, chia seeds or anything else you fancy and store in airtight container for up to one month. It keeps best in the fridge or freezer.