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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

maple almond granola

i love granola. it has been my routine to eat either oatmeal, cheerios, or homemade granola every morning for many years now. the benefit of having oats in the diet has been documented by many medical practionners.

my recipe for granola comes from the book, the ski house cookbook, by tina anderson. it makes about five cups that i eat over a two week time period. serving size is 1/2 cup for breakfast.

preheat the oven to 325 degrees. in a large bowl mix together, 3 1/2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats, 3/4 cups nuts (i use almonds), 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp salt.

in a saucepan on the stove top, melt 3 tbsp unsalted butter, 1/2 cup maple syrup, and 1 tbsp. brown sugar. when this mixture is melted in a couple of minutes, pour over the bowl of ingredients. mix well to coat the oats and other ingredients.

prepare a sheet pan with cooking spray, and place the mixture from the bowl onto the pan.

spread evenly. bake for 20 minutes until brown. allow to cool, and then mix in any dried fruit. i use raisins or dried cranberries most often.

store in an air tight container. i love this granola and the crunch is often what i need to start my day. any variety of nuts or fruit could be added: pecans, walnuts, dried apricots, dried cherries are other choices i have tried over the years. any combination seems to be just as tasty as the last.

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