How do bees keep their hair looking so nice?

They use a honey comb.

g2What’s fun about this recipe is that once you’ve got the basics down, you can mix and match to create new combinations. Don’t like raisins? Don’t use them! Mix in dried apricots, cherries, or figs! Change it up with pecans. Use pure maple syrup instead of honey. Throw some chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds in there. The possibilities are endless and oh so delicious.

I love granola with plain Greek yogurt and sliced strawberries. But, it’s equally delicious with milk, or simply by the handful.

Homemade Granola

Ingredients

2 1/2 c oats
1 1/2 combination of mixed nuts, raisins, craisins, chia seeds…or any other combination of  mix-ins you desire
1 c shredded (sweetened) coconut
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
2 Tbsp to 1/4 c water
1/4 cup native honey (or maple syrup)

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss the oats, coconut and nuts together in a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, water, and honey.
  4. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture.  Stir with a wooden spoon until the oat mixture is completely coated.
  5. Pour onto a 18 x 13” baking sheet.
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  6. Bake, occasionally stirring with a spatula, until the mixture turns a beautiful golden brown and begins to crisp–about 25-30 minutes. Keep an eye on it as it can go from beautiful to overdone very fast.
  7. Remove the granola from the oven and stir in the dried fruit. (I baked mine with the dried fruit already mixed in. This dried it out even more, and almost over-caramelized it. It tastes pretty good, but would be better if added after the baking process. Just a thought.)
  8. Allow the granola to cool, stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve with yogurt or milk and fruit. Or eat by the handful!
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