One of my favorite things to snack on is granola. In town, Big Sky Granola is one of my favorites because it’s chunky like this Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola recipe. I made this for a special treat for my friend who just had surgery, and she took one bite and said, “This granola rocks!” It is as good as it looks and full of wonderful ingredients.
Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola
1 hour, 15 minutes
4 cups organic old-fashioned uncooked oats
1 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds, already shelled
1 cup organic whole walnuts
3/4 cup whole natural almonds
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lightly browned sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup dried berry mix (or a mixture of dried cranberries, blueberries or cherries)
1 cup dried, chopped apricots
2 tablespoons toasted coconut (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 275F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds and flaxeed. Set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, combine butter, honey and brown sugar over low heat, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4. Stir butter mixture into oats mixture, mixing until well coated. Press out firmly onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until lightly browned (do not stir during baking). Let cool completely in pan.
5. When granola is cool, bread apart into chunks and stir in dried fruit and coconut, if desired. Store granola in an airtight container up to 5 days.