Maple Nut Granola
In a large bowl combine:
4 Cups Old-Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Chopped Pecans -or- Walnuts
1 Cup Chopped Cashews
1/3 Cup Toasted Sesame Seeds -or- Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) (buy the Sesame Seeds in the Asian section--already toasted and cheaper!)
1 Cup Dried Cranberries -or- Dried Cherries, Blueberries or Raisins, or a combo of them all!
1 Cup 3/8-inch Diced Dried Apricots
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Salt
And toss well.
In a separate bowl mix:
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1/3 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Melted Butter
Pour over the Oat mixture and stir to combine. Spread Granola on two large rimmed baking trays. Bake at 300* for 30 minutes or until Oats are toasty brown, stirring twice to cook evenly. Cool one hour. Transfer to airtight containers for storage. Makes 8 cups.
This is super yummy--you will want to double the recipe! Stir it into yogurt, sprinkle over fresh fruit, use it as a topping for baked apples, or my favorite way, cook with an equal amount of water as for oatmeal and serve as a hot cereal. (It's so good this way that I've been having it for breakfast AND lunch!)
"Show me Thy ways, O LORD; teach me Thy paths.
Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me;
for Thou art the God of my salvation;
on Thee do I wait all the day."
Psalm 25: 4 & 5
(Don't you wish this was your breakfast?)
Adapted from Cheap Thrills Cuisine by Lombardo & Bui