Mr. Bodenbach’s Granola

I’ll bet you want some.

Ingredients:

4 Cups Old Fashion Oats

1 1/2 Cups Nuts or Seeds (We like sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and/or pecans)

1/2 teaspoon salt (We use pink Himalayan salt. It seems to taste saltier but it only has about half the sodium of regular table salt.)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 – 1 Cup Coconut (We use unsweetened.)

1/2 – 1 Cup Dried Fruit (We like cranberries, dates, and figs. But you can use anything you like or none at all.)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the oats, nuts, seeds, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl, mix together olive oil, honey and vanilla.

After mixing well, pour the honey mixture into the oat mixture and stir well to coat the dry ingredients.

On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (NOT wax paper!) spread the granola mixture out evenly and press down so it sticks together.

Bake mixture for 12 minutes then remove from oven. Add coconut to cookie sheet and mix into the granola. Spread the mixture out on the cookie sheet again and press it down with a spatula. Return to oven for 10-12 more minutes until the oats are toasted well.

Pull your granola out of the oven, let it cool and then add your dried fruit. Store it in a air tight container.

This makes a great snack or breakfast cereal. It’s also a great thing for guests to munch on.

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