Crunchy Granola

Pardon the hippie in me while I share this tasty and nutritious granola recipe with you. This stuff is sort of like super crereal; there is so much energy and goodness packed into it, and the sweet, crunchy glaze is totally healthy, so consider this one an ideal early morning breakfast.

Take some large flake oats, almonds, raisins, sunflower seeds and a few other goodies and stir everything together.  Mix your glaze up separately.

Granola Prep

Mix everything together and spread out on a greased baking sheet, as thinly as possible.  It’ll get good and crunchy this way!

Pre-Oven Granola

Put the mixture in the oven for about 30 minutes and voila…..golden, crunchy and sweet 🙂

Post Oven Granola

Close Up!

Granola Close-Up

Recommended serving:  with some yogurt and fresh blueberries first thing in the morning.

Although you could also throw some on a fruit salad, on top of some ice cream or just eat it by the handful!

Crunchy Granola with Yogurt and Blueberries

Crunchy Granola Recipe

2 cups large oat flakes
1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit, like apples)
½ cup sunflower seeds, unsalted
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup almonds, chopped
½ cup ground flaxseed (optional)
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp grated orange zest
½ tsp kosher salt
1 egg
1 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp vanilla

1.    Preheat oven to 350.
2.    In large bowl, mix together oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, flaxseed, cinnamon, orange zest and salt.
3.    In small bowl, whisk together egg, oil, honey orange juice concentrate and vanilla.  Pour into oat mixture and toss until thoroughly coated.  Turn onto parchment-paper lined rimmed baking sheet and spread evenly.  Bake, turning mixture once with spatula halfway through, for 25 to 30 minutes or until mixture is golden brown.

From:  The G.I. Diet Cookbook

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