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Cook1 hr 15 mins
I sometimes use 1/4 cup canola oil, but I use water when I'm trying to be more health conscious. I also sometimes add 1/4 cup whole cashews. For breakfast, I combine 1/3- 1/2 cup of granola with 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt and sometimes some fresh blueberries. I omit the additional salt when I use salted nuts.
- 3 1⁄2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (sweetened also works well)
- 1 cup sliced almonds (or whole almonds)
- 1⁄4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar (scant 1/4 cup)
- 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
- 1⁄3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup golden raisin
- 1⁄4 cup dried apricot
- 1⁄4 cup dried cherries
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
- Heat syrup over low heat for about 3 minutes.
- Combine with the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well (except the fruit).
- Spread on two jelly roll pans and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely before mixing with fruit and storing in an airtight container.