vegan super granola

This is a super-nutritious, crunchy, oat-and-walnutty granola that clumps up well.  Dried goji berries, cranberries, and peaches complete the mix, but you could use raisins and/or nearly any dried fruit.  This recipe fills two quart-sized mason jars — if you don’t nibble too much of it right out of the oven!   Largely based on a recipe from oh she glows, with cayenne idea borrowed from yummy life blog. granolabamboo

2 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
1/2 c raw walnuts, chopped medium
1/2 c unsalted raw nut mix such as cashews, peanuts, sunflower seed
2 T pepitas (pumpkin seed, toasted)
1/2 c shelled hemp seed
2 T ground flaxseed
2 T coconut flakes or shreds
1 t cinnamon
generous pinch nutmegwetndryingredgr
1/2 t salt
1/8 t cayenne
5 T brown rice syrup
1 T coconut oil
2 T pear butter or apple butter
2 T peanut butter
1/4 c brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 c dried goji berries
1/2 c dried unsweetened cranberries
3 dried peach halves, diced (about 1/2 c diced)

Step One: Preheat oven to 300. Combine all dry ingredients (except dried fruit) in a large bowl. Mix well.
Step Two: Combine wet ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat till the mixture boils. Lower heat and simmer, stirring intermittently, about ten minutes or till nicely fragrant and smooth.

Step Three: Pour wet mixture, while warm, over dry, and stir well with wooden spoon. Most of it will clump up nicely. Break up any too-large clumps and stir a bit more till it’s pretty even.


Step Four:  Spread mixture in a 15 x 10 or similar baking pan or sheet with sides. Bake in a 300-degree oven forty-five minutes, stirring gently about every 10 – 15 minutes for even browning. (The granola will seem damp while it’s baking. It crisps up as it cools!)

Step Five: Let cool to crispen, while gathering and/or dicing about 1 1/2 cups of dried fruits of your choice. After about ten minutes of cooling, give the granola a stir and cool ten more minutes. After twenty minutes’ cooling, add fruit and mix it all up.

Step Six: Store in jars with lids, or ziploc bags. Hide some away before it’s all gone!


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