Diggin’ Granola

6 03 2010
A good friend of mine asked me specifically to put my granola recipe on the website. I have served this granola to a lot of people over the years and they just can’t seem to get enough of it. When my friends visit me from around the country, they insist on being fed Diggin’ Granola. This is the basic recipe, but of course, it comes out a little different every time because when I make it, I basically use whatever is in my pantry. I vary the dried fruits and the nuts. You really can’t go wrong no matter what you add to it. This is great served with fresh fruit and yogurt or homemade almond milk.
 

8 cups rolled oats

1 cup oat bran

1 cup wheat germ

1 cup sunflower seeds

3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped cashews

1  cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 cup sesame seeds

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2  of a 12 oz can of apple juice concentrate

10 tbsp. maple syrup

1 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil

6 dates, soaked

variety of dried fruits

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Heat the apple juice concentrate, syrup, and oil in a small saucepan. Once it comes up to a simmer, transfer to a blender and add in the dates. Blend thoroughly.  Combine with the dry ingredients and spread into two large roasting pans or 3 rimmed baking sheets.

Bake at 325 degrees (300 degrees convection bake) for up to an 40 – 50 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Cook until the granola is golden brown.

Remove from the oven and cool. Then add the additional chopped fruit.


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