Homemade Nutty Granola

The lesson for the girls in my class tomorrow is on Good Health Habits so I thought I’d make them a somewhat healthier treat as an example plus I’ve been wanting to try out this recipe for a long time since I love granola.  It smells great and I had a tiny taste and it tasted really good although it was still hot since it had just come out of the oven.  The recipe comes from the December 17, 2010 issue of “All You” magazine.

4 cups old-fashioned oats (not instant)

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

1  Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 375.  Mist a cookie sheet with sides (jelly roll pan) with cooking spray.  Mix oats, nuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt in large bowl.  In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey and oil and bring to a simmer over medium heat.

2  Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla.  Pour hot liquid over oat mixture, stir and toss until thoroughly mixed.

3  Spread granola on baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 20 – 25 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even baking.  Transfer granola to large bowl and let cool, stirring occasionally.

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