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I love a recipe that comes together so simply and the finished product yields fantastic tasting (and smelling) results.  If that combo wasn’t enough, it can also be used to enhance other recipes.  Love that!

Homemade granola is super simple and you can involve your children in measuring out the ingredients and stirring it.  You’ll need to pull out the pan from the oven at the half-way point during baking (probably just for the adults to do) but they’ll enjoy adding in the dried fruit at the end of the baking time. 

Keep this on the counter for a quick snack and/or to add to your morning yogurt.  You won’t be disappointed.   And, while you’re thinking about making your own granola, do check out this recipe on the Whole Foods Market website.

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Fruit and Nut Granola Recipe

4 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup flax seeds (I used Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus flaxseeds)

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

couple pinches of nutmeg

1/2 cup canola oil

1/2 cup honey

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla (no imitation vanilla, please)

1/2 cup whole almonds

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup banana chips

1/2 cup apricots, chopped

Method

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats with brown sugar, flax seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and both types of nuts.  Set aside.  In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, combine oil and honey with whisk over medium-low heat.  Add vanilla and stir.  Remove from heat.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients.  Stir until thoroughly combined.  Spread granola onto baking sheet.  Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir granola.  Spread out in one layer after stirring.  Return baking sheet to oven and bake for 10-15 more minutes. 

Cool completely.  Add dried fruit and combine.   Store in airtight container.

Kitchen Note:  Use any combination of dried fruits and nuts that you’d like.  Add granola to yogurt  or as a topping for ice cream or frozen yogurt.  Makes a great snack on its own or a good addition to your child’s lunch box.

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