If you know me at all, you know I have a horrible addiction to granola. It’s gotten better over the past year or so but there were days where I’d have granola for breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. One reason was simple: I was broke and it was cheap. The other: the fact that each granola can have an unlimited amount of mixed ingredients, and I love crunchy foods! To make granola even cheaper (mind you, cooks and chefs do not make all that they are worth) and MUCH healthier (most currently available are made with highly processed oils and refined sweeteners) I decided to start making large batches on my own. This is a wonderful recipe from the glorious Heidi Swanson.
4 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking rolled oats
3/4 cup unsalted raw sunflower seeds
1 cup walnuts chopped into halves
1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 cups assorted unsulfured dried fruits, chopped
Grated zest of 2 oranges
3/4 cup raw-mild flavored honey or agave
1/4 cup coconut oil
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Set aside 2 rimmed baking sheets.
Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts, coconut, dried fruits, and set in a large bowl. Heat the honey and coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat, whisk to thoroughly combine, then pour over the oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated.
Divide the mixture between the baking sheets and spread into a thin layer. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, for about 40 minutes (depending on oven), until toasty golden brown. Cool completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes 10 cups of tasty, healthy granola!