Granola, Little House by the Dunes

There are small bags of gourmet granola for sale in our grocery for $6/bag. I’m sure it’s delicious. But I will never know because I know I can make my own for a fraction of that. Plus, it’s just the way I like it – no revolting surprises like raisins. Here’s how:

Basic Granola Recipe

2 c. old-fashioned oatmeal

Optional addins: any other whole grains you like, such as popped quinoa

1/2 c. wheat germ

1/4 c. milled flax

2 T. maple syrup

2 T. honey

2 t. vanilla

Note: I like 4 T. of sweetener, but you could use all maple syrup or all honey, tapioca syrup, whatever

3 T. olive oil

1 c. apple juice

Cinnamon, other spices to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a large cookie sheet.

Mix the dry grains together, and pour the apple juice over them. Stir thoroughly.

Whisk the sweeteners together separately, and then add the olive oil.

Whisk to combine well and then pour over the grains.

Spread them out on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with your spices of choice.

Bake in the oven, stirring ever so often, until dry and crisp, about 25 minutes.

Break the granola into small clumps and store in a ziplock.

To make the trail mix just combine your fresh granola with nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, coconut, etc. I used dark chocolate pomegrante anils, dried mango, dried papaya and peanuts.

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