Friday, January 30, 2009

Rise N Shine Granola (Carla)

(from cookbook "How it all Vegan: Irresistable recipes for an Animal-Free Diet" by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer)

3-4 cups rolled oat flakes
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup oil
1 tbsp carob powder or cocoa (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4-1/2 cup sugar (you decide how sweet)
1/2 tsp salt

* set aside the following
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, mix together the oat flakes, sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, and flax seeds. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oil, carob powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Add this mixture to the large bowl and combine well. In a lasagna pan or on 2 flat cookie sheets, spreat mixture evenly and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the top layer is browned (if you use cookie sheets, bake 12-15 minutes). Flip over with spatula and bake for another 8-10 minutes, then remove from oven. The mixture will be moist, but will dry and harden as it cools. mix in dried fruit ingredients and let cool, stirring every 10 minutes to prevent clumping. Store in air-tight containers.

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