Granola

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Nothing quite makes my house smell as wonderful as granola baking in the oven. I dare you to challenge me to something else that smells THIS amazing! It cannot be done.  Our unseasonably warm winter has become more itself these past few days bringing us cold, snow, rain, and gray skies. I get a sense of home and comfort when I’m cooped up inside while the plow comes driving by. I’ve been enjoying this winter break that has inspired me in so many ways. I’ve got many recipes I cannot wait to share that I’ve really enjoyed photographing. I feel like I’m finally starting to get what I’m doing with my camera as I drool over my photos. This granola recipe is so simple, I think I typed it out in record time. I’ve done so much research on bloggers food blogs, cookbooks, and such and discovered that I’m not terribly specific when it comes to ingredients. I’ve got strong beliefs as to what I serve in my household. I’ve thought about doing a food haul on the foods and products that I love and the reason why they get a spot on my shelf. My blanket response for what I buy is wholesome and affordable. My oats are organic and gluten free and my nuts are not. I pick and choose what works for us and I suggest you do the following. Before I leave you to go and make the granola for yourself, I wanted to tell you how I enjoy this. I love it with almond or coconut milk as a mid-morning snack, sprinkle over coconut ice cream or yogurt, or just with fresh fruit. I love the big batch this recipe makes and it will stay good for a while, although I don’t usually have it for longer than a week! Enjoy and stay warm.


Ingredients:

3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.
3. In a single layer, spread the granola on the baking sheet (you may need to use two baking sheets if you don’t have one large enough-it’s important to spread out the granola to bake properly).
4. Roast in the oven for 70 minutes, turning after 30 minutes. Roast for longer if you like your granola crispy.

Notes:
You can be creative with this recipe! I’ve added dried fruit or other nuts. Once the granola has cooked, add mini chocolate chips for a burst of sweetness.

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