Friday, October 11, 2013

Homemade Maple Granola

This time of year I like to make granola.  It just seems like a Fall breakfast food to me.  Each time I make it, I change the recipe depending on what I have on hand.
 I make a lot of this at one time because it keeps very well in a zip lock baggy.  I start out with a large container of oatmeal, 3 cups of pepita's, 3 cups of soy nuts, 3 cups of sunflower seeds, 3 cups of slivered almonds  and 2 cups of ground walnuts.

 Then I added 1-1/2 cups of brown sugar.

 And 1 bag of coconut.

 Then 1 cup of vegetable oil and 1 cup of honey.

 Finally add 1-1/2 cups of maple syrup, 2 tsp. of cinnamon and 1 tsp. of nutmeg.

 Stir all of this together thoroughly.

 Scoop it up and pour it out on foil covered cookie sheets which you've sprayed with cooking spray.

 This made 4 large trays or about 32 cups.  Bake this at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 hours stirring occasionally so it browns evenly.  Remove from the oven and let it cool.

 Put it back into bowls and add dried fruits.

 I added raisins, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried apricots, dried blueberries and dried strawberries.  I put this in a glass jar and leave it on the kitchen counter so everyone can help themselves. I keep the extras in ziplock bags.