This recipe is a favorite around my house. Everytime I serve it to friends or family they are asking for the recipe. It's easy, nutritious and fantastically delicious. I promise, you will never go back to store-bought granola! You can eat it by the handful, serve on ice cream, add to your favorite trail mix or add to fruit and yogurt to make a parfait! And, of course, it makes the house smell incredible!
3 Cups old fashioned oats (NOT quick oats!)
3/4 Cup sliced raw almonds
1/2 Cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 Cup raw sunflower seeds
Handful of flax or flaxmeal
Handful of wheat germ
1/2 Tbsp (heaping) cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 Cup maple syrup
1 Cup dried fruit (I like dried cranberries and dried apricots, chopped)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix dry ingredients in medium sized bowl. Add maple syrup. Spread mixture onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool. Add dried fruit. Refrigerate and use within 3 weeks (not that it will last that long!)
Customize this recipe however you want. Add in your favorite seeds, nuts, dried fruit, etc. Add hemp hearts or try different rolled grains (I like rolled kamut flakes!). Your local health food store is a great place to find all kinds of goodies that would be great additions to this recipe!
This granola is my favorite thing to serve to overnight guests for breakfast. It is sweet yet wholesome and is one of my favorite comfort foods!