Surfers Granola

This easy to prepare granola is a great energy booster, and a fantastic healthy breakfast to enjoy if you only have one hand available. Wonderfully delicious, easy and inexpensive!

Surfers Granola
Adapted from Bon Appétit July 2012

Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats 1/4 cup wheat germ 1 tablespoon golden flaxseeds 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 1/3 cup honey 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 tablespoons (packed) light brown sugar 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup dried apricots 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1/2 cup dried mango

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Prepare two large jelly roll baking pans with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, wheat germ and flaxseeds, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Add 1 cup hot tap water. Mix thoroughly and let stand for 15 minutes to soften oats. In a small saucepan, bring the honey, 2 tablespoons oil, and brown sugar to a boil, making sure to dissolve sugar. Stir in honey mixture to oat mixture. Spread out mixture in an even layer on prepared baking sheets. Bake oat mixture, stirring 2 to 3 times, until dark golden brown, about 50 to 60 minutes. Place sheet on cooling trivets until oat mixture completely cooled. Increase oven temperature to 350 degrees. Mix together the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, pecans, pumpkin, sunflower seeds and sugar in a medium bowl. Spread in an even layer on other prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Place sheet on cooling trivet until completely cooled. In a large bowl, combine oat mixture, nut mixture and dried fruits together. Place prepared granola in an airtight containers at room temperature. Serve granola with yogurt and fresh fruits or enjoy by itself. Yield: +1 quart

Review: It’s a different take on my preferred granola recipe, and not as sweet. It’s a great energy booster and perfect as a snack, and pairs well with your favorite yogurt and fresh fruits. I enjoyed my surfers granola over greek yogurt and fresh blueberries. DELICIOUS!

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