Seriously Great Granola

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I recently had the pleasure of connecting with two of my oldest and dearest friends.  There is something so special about hanging out with girlfriends who know you so well.  We caught up over an AMAZING salmon nicoise salad (I will beg her for that recipe next), drank a little too much wine and ended up turning in some time after 3am.  Just what I needed.

Both of these friends have fed me very well over the years.  Both love food, just as I do.  I love being with friends that put their hearts into their meals.  I have many happy food memories with these two ladies, and I imagine I will have many more.

IMG_5300I dragged myself out of bed at 8:30.   Morag had left at 6:45, as she has a bakery to run (the always amazing Yummy Stuff – seriously, check her out).  I could hear Lisa working away in the kitchen, so I was the slacker friend that was still asleep.  I was more than thrilled to see this loveliness waiting for me in the kitchen.

I am a granola fan, and have made some yummy granola in my day… but this… this was SOME YUMMY GRANOLA.  Served with my favorite organic yogurt (Saugeen Country – so delicious) and some freshly stewed peaches and raspberries, this granola was chock full of goodness.  After taking some pictures (because that is what I naturally do when I see gorgeous food), we dug in to the delicious bowl of awesome.  Lisa graciously agreed to send me the recipe and I’m sharing it with you! Thanks, Li!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 cups large flake oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • ½ cup large flake unsweetened coconut
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 ½ cups raw nuts (pecans, cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts all work well)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup grapeseed or sunflower oil
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground clove
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (raisins, cherries, blueberries, currants all work well)
  • Zest of a lemon

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl mix together oats, coconut, seeds and nuts.

In a small pot, over low heat combine honey, oil, cardamom, cinnamon, clove and salt until honey is melted. Take off of the heat and stir in the vanilla.  Pour honey mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until completely coated.

Spread mixture on a parchment-lined, large rimmed cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Give the mixture a good stir. Put back in the oven for another 10 minutes or so until the granola is golden brown.

Remove from the oven. Sprinkle dried fruit and lemon zest over top. Give the mixture a stir. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Hope you give it a try, and enjoy it as much as I did!