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The start of another year is always good time to try new recipes. However, I find it’s also a good time to dig out old ones that I haven’t used in awhile and experiment with ingredients. This granola recipe is the one my mother used when I was growing up, and I’ve added some small changes. It always reminds me of eating breakfast as a little girl, my legs swinging from the dining room chair, happily crunching away. Have a happy, healthy 2011!

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees

  • 6 cups rolled oats (old fashioned, not instant)
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup varied nuts (such as pecans, walnuts, etc)
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • optional: 1/4 cup of dried fruit

Mix the first six ingredients in a large bowl. In a small saucepan on low, combine the oil, water, honey and vanilla. Stir gently to combine. Add the warmed liquids to the dry mix and stir. Stir in the applesauce. Spread out  the mixture on a greased baking sheet (or one lined with parchment paper). Bake at 300 degrees for 45-60 minutes (depending on how crunchy you like it). Stir the granola a few times during the baking time.

makes about seven cups

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