new year's granola

Happy New Year!

We rang in 2007 with a rowdy (well not really) evening of football and beer. And while I watched the Packers run all over those pesky Bears, I found my mind wandering to what I would have for breakfast (a mouthwatering habit). I decided on crunchy, nutty granola with lots of dried fruit in it...yummm.

fruit 'n nut granola

4 C regular oats (not quick cooking)
1/2 C sliced or slivered almonds*
1 teas ground cinnamon
1/4 teas salt
1/3 C honey
1/3 C molasses
1/3 C water
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 C dried fruit, chopped (raisins, golden raisins, cranberries, cherries, apricots, pears, prunes, dates, etc...whatever you fancy)

*I usually add in some chopped hazelnuts too.

Preheat oven 325. Combine first 4 ingredients in large bowl and stir well. Combine honey, molasses, water, and oil in saucepan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Pour over oat mixture and coat thoroughly.

Spread mixture evenly into a jelly roll pan, which has been coated with cooking spray or greased well with oil. Bake until lightly toasted, stirring every 10 mins (35-40 mins total). Remove from oven and stir in dried fruit. Spread on parchment paper to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

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