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A lot of store bought granola's are high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats. This recipe is quick, healthy and delicious! Feel free to be creative and adapt using whatever nuts, seeds, spices and/or dried fruit you enjoy or have on hand! You can easily opt out of using nuts for nut allergies. It's great to have with yogurt, milk or as a snack by itself. It's also a great gift when in a mason jar and tied with a pretty ribbon! I found these great "Handmade with Love for You" gift tags at World Market. Enjoy!




Ingredients: 
(#1)
3 cups rolled oats 
1 cup raw almonds, slivered 
1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped 
1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut 
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds 
1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
1/4 cup raw flax seed, whole 
1/4 cup chia seeds 
2 tsp cinnamon

(#2)
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup raw honey
1 TB vanilla extract

(#3)
2 cups raisins
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup unsweetened, dried cherries

Directions: 
1. Combine first set of ingredients in large bowl. 
2. Combine coconut oil, honey and vanilla in small bowl. 
3. Add liquid mixture into dry ingredients and mix well; it's easiest if you do this with your hands.
4. Spread granola on parchment rimmed cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 20-25 minutes (or until lightly browned) at 300 degrees, stirring occasionally, being careful to not burn.
7. Remove granola from oven and allow to cool completely on wire rack. It will harden as it cools. 
8. Add dried fruit. 
9. Store in an air tight container.

Yield:  46 1/4-cup servings

Nutrition Facts (per 1/4 cup serving): 158 calories, 9 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 4 mg sodium, 19 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 10 grams sugar, 3 grams protein, 0% Vitamin A, 1% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, 9% Iron