Homemade Granola

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Nothing taste better sprinkled over your yogurt, in a bowl with milk or just straight out of the jar than some homemade granola. As the weather is cooling down I’m feeling inclined to start baking more. I started nice and simple with this tasty Granola recipe my mom gave me awhile back that I have puts some of my own healthy touches on. It's super easy and a much healthier & heartier version than you will find in the grocery store. Enjoy!

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The essential ingredients for this recipe include rolled oats, wheat germ, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, mixed nuts, shredded coconut, coconut oil, and honey.  From there I also like to add in whatever extra I have in the cupboard (flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, maple syrup).

Ingredients and Directions
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and pre-heat the oven to 275 degrees.
Mix the following together in a large mixing bowl:

2 C Rolled Oats
1/2 C Wheat Germ
2 Tbs Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt

Those are the basic ingredients, to them I like to add 1 cup mixed nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts), 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 2 Tbs Flax seeds, 1/3 cup shredded coconut and 1 tsp cinnamon.

In a small saucepan on the stove bring to a bowl then simmer on low 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup honey, 3 Tbs of coconut oil, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 Tbs of water.

Remove mixture from heat and pour over the oats.  Stir to combine, making sure that all of the oats are mixed with the liquid.  Evenly spread the granola mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes.

Stir the mixture once or twice while its baking to ensure even toasting of the oats. Stir in dried fruit if desired (1/2 cup cranberries, cherries, etc) and bake for 15 more minutes or until golden brown. Let cool, then store in air-tight jar for up two weeks (or pour some almond milk over it and enjoy!)

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