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This is a little late but for Father’s Day I made my dad homemade granola.  I often find store bought granola is too sweet and boring.  I like my granola natural, full of flavor, and full of stuff (nuts, dried fruit, coconut, etc.).  This granola is easy to make and you can make tons at once.  I doubled the recipe and that disappeared in less than a week.  It is the perfect breakfast paired with my mom’s homemade yogurt.

Homemade Granola

Adapted from Bon Appetite June 2010

3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
½ cup unsweetened coconut
3 tablespoons brown sugar
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup golden raisins

Note: You can use any mix of nuts or dried fruit that you want just estimate about the amount in the recipe.  Or if you want some really hefty granola throw some extra in.

Preheat oven to 300°.  Mix together oats, pecans, coconut, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.  Heat oil and honey in a saucepan til smooth.  Add honey/oil mixture to oats.  Mix well.  Spread oats out on parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Bake until oats turn golden brown (don’t be afraid of some color).  Enjoy! Makes about 5 cups.