As the holidays are approaching, I have been trying to make recipes that my kids will love and hopefully ones that will be potential great homemade food gifts. I saw a variation of this recipe in a recent Paula Dean Magazine, and tweaked it using some of my favorite ingredients such as walnuts and flaxseed. It came out great, and it lasted at least up to 3 weeks in a tightly covered container. My kids ate it for breakfast and a snack, and I piled it on top of Greek Yogurt for a filling breakfast. For the dried fruit, I used Sun-Maid Fruit Bits. Start your holiday food gifts early, and try this Granola recipe.
Simple Breakfast Granola
1 hour, 15 minutes
3 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup walnuts
3/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (7-ounce) package mixed dried fruit
1. Preheat oven to 250F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Combine oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and flaxseed in a large bowl.
3. Combine brown sugar, honey, butter, cinnamon and salt. Add to oat mixture, tossing to coat. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour, stirring ever 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Stir in dried fruit. Store mixture in airtight container for up to one month.