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Monday, March 3, 2014

Killer Granola

A variation of the recipe used at the Cheese Board in Oakland, California that I got from my son-in-law. I know when it's just right when I can't stop nibbling at it!
I usually quadruple this recipe.

2 Tbs butter
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts 
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 to 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 Tbs seeds (i.e., chia or sesame)

Preheat oven to 325F.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.  Add the chopped nuts, increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.  Add the honey and reduce the heat to low.  Stir until melted and combined.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, and seeds.  Add the honey/nut mixture and toss until the oats are coated.

Spread granola evenly on the prepared pan.  Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake in 10 minute intervals, stirring after each 10 minutes, until golden brown.  I usually put it in 3-4 times.  

Let cool completely on the baking sheet.  Store the granola in an airtight container.

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