Monday, September 2, 2013

Granola Trail Mix

I've been looking for a healthy snack so I combined my Granola and Trial Mix recipes today.  This was an opportunity to use the variety of seeds and nuts I'd purchased for making bread. I think I'll try this as cereal with Almond Milk tomorrow morning. I'd like to experiment with cinnamon and vanilla or almond flavoring next time. Thanks Melanie, for sharing your granola baking secrets!

2 cups dry rolled oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup peanuts
1 cup coconut (optional)
1/4 cup ground flax seed (optional)
1/4  cup oil (flax seed, coconut,  or canola)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup dried cranberries (or other dried berries)

Optional after baking and cooled
Add 1 cup white chocolate chips

Mix all items with oil and honey until all ingredients are evenly coated. Spread in a thin layer on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 300 for 15 - 20 minutes, stirring twice. Remove from oven and move granola around so it doesn't harden into one layer as it cools. Optional when completely cooled, add white chocolate chips. Store in an airtight container.

Updated February 2, 2014
Today I heated the sauce in a small pan consisting of: 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup honey and 2 TBSP butter. Remove from heat, add 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp vanilla. Stir then pour over dry ingredients. Bake as directed above.