Yield: about 10 cups (20 ½ cup servings)
We’ve packed loads of good ingredients into this granola, a highly nutritious cereal that makes every calorie count. This substantial breakfast can help you reach your natural weight as it cuts your hunger for sugary morning snacks.
7 cups gluten-free rolled oats
½ to 1 cup walnuts, almonds, or pecans, chopped coarsely
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
½ cup unsweetened coconut (optional)
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger or cardamom
½ cup butter or coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup honey, maple syrup, or molasses
1½ raisins or other dried fruit
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a large roasting pan mix oats, nuts, sesame and sunflower seeds coconut, salt, cinnamon, and ginger.
In a medium bowl, whisk together butter or coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, honey, or molasses. Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and stir well.
Bake until lightly toasted, turning several times while baking (about 30 minutes).
Remove to a large bowl to cool and add raisins and dates.
Store in an airtight container.
Variations: Add other dried fruits such as apricots, pears, peaches or prunes
Suggested Accompaniments: Ripe banana, Almond Milk, and mint tea.
(Adapted from Recipes for Change by Lissa DeAngelis and Molly Siple)