Granola

People who know me well know that most of my favorite things are pretty simple.  Ginger scented soap, for example.  A warm cup of coffee with lots of cream.  A brisk morning walk.  Jasmine tea.  The ocean.  Drums.  Warm fuzzy toques.  The colours of the earth.

I also really, really like a big heavy bowl of home-baked granola with a dollop of yogurt.

granola

I baked a batch of granola for the long weekend and thought that I would share this one nice thing with you.  Baking this recipe makes the house smell fantastic, and it is so easy to prepare that you could even make it lickety-split on a weekly basis.

Here it is:  Long Weekend Granola
(Adapted from The Candle Cafe Cookbook by Joy Pierson & Bart Potenza)

2 c rolled oats
1/4 c slivered almonds
3/4 c chopped walnuts or pecans
1/4 c raw sunflower seeds
1/3 c maple syrup
1/4 c safflower or coconut oil
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c raisins (or any mixed dried fruit, chopped)
1/4 c unsweetened coconut

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Combine all but the last two ingredients
3. Spread in pan or large baking dish and bake 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.
4. Let cool.
5. Transfer to bowl and add raisins and coconut.
6. Enjoy

Note: Feel free to use any nuts, seeds or dried fruit that you love – cashews, sesame seeds, chopped whole almonds, dried cherries, chopped dried mango, etc…

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