The Best Granola on the Planet
Recipe type: breakfast! snacks! dinner!
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Serves: 24-36
For our big family, I triple this recipe and mix it all up in my biggest bowl, and then freeze baggies full of it for later. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients, according to your and your family's tastes! We like to keep it in the freezer.
  • 6 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup wheat bran
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ¾ cup raw pumpkin seeds (shelled) (if you have them!)
  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds (shelled, natch!)
  • ¼ cup flax seeds, crushed
  • 1 cup (or more!) chopped nuts (I like them in bigger pieces.)
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2 cups raisins (I dote on the golden ones, but either way)
  • 1 cup diced dates or dried apricots or dried apples or dried Craisins or whatever
  • ¼ cup shredded orange peel
  • ½ cup coconut oil (or your favorite kind of oil. Olive oil is good, too.)
  • ½ cup concentrated orange juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. Mix together the first eight ingredients (down to the coconut) in a very large bowl.
  3. Combine the oil, honey, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, brown sugar, salt in a sauce pan and heat on medium heat until all are dissolved and the solution is like a thick syrup.
  4. Pour the syrup on top of the bowl of dry ingredients and mix very well, until every piece is evenly coated.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in two or three large jellyroll pans and bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Turn the oven up to 325 and bake for another 10 minutes, watching carefully as it burns very easily at this point. (My family will still eat blackened granola, but still.)
  7. Pull the granola out of the oven and let it cool completely. Then carefully stir the raisins and dried fruit and orange peel in. If you bake it with the raisins and dried fruit, they will puff, turn black, and become inedible little black nuggets. You've been warned.
  8. Store in freezer bags in the refrigerator or the freezer, or just share with your family immediately!
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