Saturday’s Sweet Surprise – Mary’s Granola

I found a Granola recipe recently and tweaked it to my liking and have made several batches of this.  I love eating it over Greek yogurt and sometimes just as is.  I hope you will enjoy it too!

Ingredients:

2 cups oats (not quick cooking)

1/2-3/4 cup toasted/salted sunflower seeds

1 1/2 cups slivered almonds – or other nut(s) of choice (I add a bit more sometimes)

1/3 cup honey (add more if you like)

maple syrup (I just pour in as much as I like)

2 Tbsp canola oil (or oil of your choice)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla (I use pure vanilla)

1 cup dried cranberries or raisins or other fruit of choice

Directions:

Combine the oats, sunflower seeds and almonds in a large mixing bowl

Stir together in a small sauce-pot the following: honey, maple syrup, oil, cinnamon, salt and vanilla and bring to a slight bowl over medium heat.  Stir constantly as you are heating these ingredients.  Then pour over the dry ingredients and stir to coat.

Put aluminum foil (sprayed with some type of oil, such as Pam) onto a baking sheet (11″ x 17″  or larger)

Spread the granola mixture out evenly on the baking sheet and place in a preheated oven.

I start the oven around 375 degrees and just keep an eye on it for approximately 20 minutes.  Adjust the temperature as you see fit and bake for the length of time which you desire; depending on how dark/toasted/browned you want the granola.  You may want to stir the granola about half way through the baking time.

After you remove it from the oven, let it cool and put into an airtight container and mix in your fruit as you desire.

Enjoy!

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