By making your own granola you can reduce the fat and increase the richness of nuts and seeds. This is great alone as a snack or on top of yogurt or anything! For the mixed nuts and seeds you can use all or a mixture of slivered almonds, coarsley chopped walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.
- Set oven to 300 degrees.
- Place oven rack to center position.
- Lightly oil two large baking sheets.
- In a large bowl stir together oats with nuts, seeds and spices.
- In a small bowl stir together the warm water with maple syrup and vanilla.
- Slowly pour the syrup mixture over the nut mixture; stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
- Spread out on the greased baking sheet/s.
- Bake (center oven rack) for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent burning, until granola is crumbly and golden.
- Remove from oven and immediately stir in the raisins and apricots.
- When the mixture is cool, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days or refrigerate for 1 month.
This is FABULOUS!!! And, so much lower fat than my own recipe for granola and other's I've tried. A definite repeat for me now that I know it tastes just as great LF as the full fat recipes!!!
Made for RecipeTag at KK's.
Fantastic granola. Good, crunchy, and the right amount of sweetness. I made it with pecans and the goldens and cherries dried fruit mix. It was very easy to make, and I will definately make it again.
This is great granola!! Mine turned out a bit too sweet - probably because I added a lot of apricots and dates - would add a little less next time! Added some sunflower seeds and some great Canadian maple syrup - thanks Kit! :)