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So Granola

I never thought I’d be one to make my own granola. And here I am not only making it, but blogging about it. Never say never. I remember when my cousin Laura (it’s her birthday — Happy Birthday Laura!) was moving to Colorado. Her sister Shannon and I would tease her and say it wouldn’t be long before she’d be making granola. Guess the jokes on me. Laura you get the last laugh on that one.

The thing is I used to love my cereal for breakfast. My favorite is Honey Bunches of Oats. It’s a better choice than Froot Loops, but like most breakfast cereals it still has has a lot of sugar and other stuff that you just don’t need (like corn syrup and artificial flavor). So this is my substitute. I’ll have it for breakfast – dry or with milk – or for a mid-afternoon snack.

What you need:
3-4 cups oats
1 cup shaved coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp butter, melted

What you do:
Preheat oven to 350. Combine first four ingredients in a greased baking dish. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and mix. Mix in melted butter. Drizzle honey over granola. Bake 20-25 minutes.

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