Granola again …

This recipe has undergone more revisions than I can count. If you’re curious, you can click this Granola link to see some of them. But for now, here’s the current version:

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700 Cascade Trail Granola
16 oz. bag Bob’s Red Mill 5 Grain Rolled Hot Cereal
18 oz. container Old Fashioned Oats
3.5 oz. (1/2 bag) Let’s Do Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
1 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup light brown sugar

Optional: raw nuts and/or seeds (pumpkin seeds plus coarsely chopped almonds, cashews, and pistachios are particularly good together)

  • Combine cereal, oats, and coconut flakes in a large mixing bowl.
  • Combine coconut oil and maple syrup in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 1/2 minutes (90 seconds) on high or heat on stovetop until coconut oil is melted.
  • Whisk salt, vanilla, and light brown sugar into warm oil/syrup.
  • Pour oil/syrup mixture over cereal/coconut mixture (with optional nuts and/or seeds) and stir until evenly coated.
  • Divide mixture between two cookie sheets (optional: use baking spray with flour to facilitate clean up) and place in a 225 degree oven for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Every 30 minutes, remove the pans from the oven, turn the granola with a metal spatula, then return the pans to the oven on opposite shelves to ensure even browning.
  • Cool completely after baking and store in a sealed container