Granola with your berries?

We have really been enjoying our berries every morning, usually with steel cut oats.  Some days, we have them with yogurt and granola.  I have been making this granola for many years.  It is very easy, delicious, low fat (compared to many), and easy to customize.

Fresh berry breakfast

Granola

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together:
5 c rolled oats
1/2 c chopped nuts
1/2 c large coconut flakes

In a small saucepan, heat until melted and combined:
1/4 c EACH coconut oil, peanut butter, water, and honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar

Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp vanilla extract.

Pour liquid mixture over oat mixture and combine well.

Spread into a reasonably even layer on a large rimmed sheet pan.

Bake about 2 hours, until dry and lightly browned, stirring halfway through.

Stir in 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit and store in an airtight container.

Ideas and substitutions:
– Use vegetable oil if you don’t have coconut oil
– A combination of nuts is nice. I like hazelnuts and almonds. Peanuts can be fun.
– For the dried fruit, try a combination of raisins, cranberries and cherries. Currently, I am using up some plums we dried last year and they are quite tasty in granola. Dried apples are also nice, especially in the fall and winter.
– Substitute a half cup wheat germ for a half cup oats, if you are so inclined.
– Recipe is easily doubled; use two sheet pans.  A canning jar or quart ziploc of granola makes a nice gift.

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