Homemade Granola Dawn Style

So easy and I like being able to have fresh granola and control exactly the flavors I feel like that particular week. This is my go-to recipe. The original called for more vanilla, but with prices on the rise, I am fine with just 2 teaspoons. I learned by experience not to add dates prior to cooking (they become tooth breakingly hard) or pistachios (their flavor does not improve with heat.)

Homemade Granola Dawnstyle

1/3 cup real maple syrup

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup canola oil

2 tsp vanilla

1 Tbl cinnamon

Zest of one small orange

5 cups reg old fashion rolled oats

2 cup nuts, roughly chopped (combination of almonds and walnuts)

1/4 cup raw pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)

2 Tbl flax seed meal

1 cup coconut flakes (I use Trader Joes large flakes)

After baking add: 3/4 cup golden raisins, 1/2 cup dried currants

In large bowl, whisk first six ingredients.  Pour out onto a large edged baking sheet lined with a silpat. Spread out. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30-35 minutes.  Let cool, then place in a large bowl. Add golden raisins and dried currants.  Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

**Notes: do not add dates or pistachios prior to baking. Do not use waxed paper to line your baking sheet (parchment okay.)

Mix up your own flavors by substituting any combination of dried cherries, 1 tsp almond extract, hazelnuts, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cardamom, dates, or banana chips.

Before baking and after

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