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My Fave Granola

I’ve modified a recipe I found in Alive Magazine for homemade granola. It’s easy to make and great to keep on hand for breakfast or a snack.

5 cups rolled oats
2 cups raw almonds, chopped (I buy them whole and use my food processor or blender to chop them)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon (I love love love cinnamon, so I added more than the recipe called for)
4 tsp ground ginger
 (I used more ginger than Alive’s recipe by mistake the first time I made it and liked it that way; I also omitted the salt)
3/4 cup maple syrup
 (when I ran out of maple syrup one time, I used some agave instead and that was fine too; but I prefer maple syrup)
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
1 1/2 cups raisins
 (or mixed dried fruits)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
 (or goji berries)
1/2 cup flaxseeds (or chia seeds)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or carob chips (why not?)

Preheat oven to 225 F (110 C).

In a large bowl, toss together oats, nuts, seeds, and seasonings.

Heat syrup and oil in saucepan just until warmed. Pour this over the oat mixture. Using your hands, toss the ingredients together until evenly mixed and then spread it onto baking sheets.

Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove and cool before adding dried fruits and flaxseed or chia seeds and chocolate chips.

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