Granola 1

from CCNM’s Simply Healthy Cookbook, 2002

3 cups rolled oats (use gluten free if following gf diet)

1-2 cups puffed rice

1 cup almonds, whole or chopped

1 cup dried fruit, cranberries, cherries, raisins, etc.

1 cup sunflower seeds

½ cup sesame seeds

½ cup unrefined olive oil or sunflower oil

¼ – ½ cup honey, to taste

Salt to taste

1 tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. each, nutmeg and cloves

1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

Preheat oven to 325ºF. In a large bowl, mix oats, rice almonds and seeds together. Over low heat combine oil, vanilla, honey, salt and spices. Pour honey mixture over the granola. Mix thoroughly and add more spices to taste. Texture should be slightly damp; you may have to add more oil or water to make it slightly damp. Spread out thinly on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Place in preheated oven and stir often until the mixture is somewhat crisp and golden brown. When granola has cooled, add fruit (as much as you want) and add more salt or spices as desired.

Substitutions: You can also put in cooked quinoa, buckwheat, puffed millet or any other grains you want. Be creative; add different nuts such as walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, etc.

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