Granola


This is my version of my friend, Liz's recipe for granola. Eat it for breakfast with milk or grab a handful for a healthy snack.

3 c. Bob's Red Mill 5 grain rolled cereal or Trader Joe's Multigrain Hot Cereal (rye, barley, oats, wheat)
1 c. wheat germ
1 c. coconut
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. dried fruit, nuts and seeds
1/2 c. olive oil or melted butter or both
2/3 c. honey
1 1/2 T. vanilla
cinnamon (I used a sprinkle)
salt (optional)

Mix well and spread evenly on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, then stir. Bake 10 more minutes on 250.

***You can add any dried ingredients that you like, for example: flax seed, pumpkin seeds, any nuts, any dried fruit. I've used a dried fruit mix at Smith's that included dried bananas, mangos, pineapple, papaya, cranberries and cashews. I chopped about 1 c. of it up into smaller pieces. Or you can add raisins and craisins if you have them on hand.

**You can use more or less honey and oil/butter depending on the texture you like.