I like to give friends and family something special for the holidays, something that says, “thank you for being you- I am so glad we know each other.” And nothing says I care more than something homemade. This year I found a scrumptious recipe for homemade granola that I simply couldn’t resist. Pecans, coconut, maple syrup?! Oh, sweet, sweet ambrosia!
But my first batch was a little too sweet, a little too toasted (which means I’ll be eating too-sweet, too-toasted granola every morning for a month). The second batch was just right and that groovy granola is now wrapped and ready to deliver to all the good people in my life.
Preheat oven to 300F. Makes about 7 cups.
In a large bowl combine:
3 cups rolled oats (not the quick cook or instant kind)
1 c. raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
1 c. raw sunflower seeds, hulled
1 c. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/4 c. raw pecans, coarsely chopped
3/4 c. maple syrup
1/2 c. Olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
Spread your mixture over a large baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Remove, stir and replace in the oven for another ten minutes.
Repeat one more time (a grand total of 40 minutes cooking time) and then remove from heat and let cool. Once your granola is back to room temperature, add 1 c. dried cranberries.
Serve with yogurt or rice milk and plenty of fresh fruit. Yum- Gift giving at Holiday time tastes good!