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Oat granola

Oat granola
with almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and fruit

Ingredients (makes about 12 cups)
6 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup toasted, chopped almonds
1/2 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup hulled, roasted, salted sunflower seeds
1 cup honey
1/3 cup DHC Núñez de Prado Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup diced dried pineapple rings
1/2 cup diced dried apricot halves
1/2 cup diced dried nectarine halves
1/2 cup dried cranberries

1. Thoroughly mix oats and next three ingredients; set aside.

2.In a small saucepan, heat honey and olive oil until just hot; do not boil. Drizzle over oat mixture, stirring constantly to coat all ingredients. Distribute oat mixture about 1-1/2 inches thick over a large baking sheet with sides (use two smaller pans, if necessary) or a large shallow roasting pan.

3.Bake at 300 degrees, stirring frequently, until lightly browned (about 30 minutes). Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Stir fruit into granola. Cool thoroughly. Store in airtight container.

Tightly sealed granola can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

Oat granola
Owed to oats
A traditional Scottish staple, the oat actually originated in Asia thousands of years ago as wild red oat. Today this hardy cereal grain is harvested in the fall, cleaned, then hulled a process that leaves its bran and germ intact, allowing the oat to retain highly concentrated sources of cholesterol-fighting soluble fiber and nutrients. Providing complex carbohydrates (the "good carbs"), oats make a healthy, filling breakfast and can even be substituted for breadcrumbs in some meat dishes. We used oats in our granola recipe to customize our own original trail mix. We think its worth the hike.


Trail mix
Ingredients (makes about 12 cups)
1-1/4 cup granola (recipe above)
1/2 cup mixed, salted nuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup raw, hulled pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped crystallized ginger (optional)

Thoroughly mix granola with other ingredients. Store in airtight container.

Below: Trail mix can be customized to suit individual tastes. Some suggestions (from left to right) include: almonds, dried cranberries, cashews, raisins, Spanish peanuts, dried papaya, chocolate-covered raisins, crystallized ginger, pumpkin seeds, dried mango, hazelnuts, yogurt-covered raisins, dried apricots, chocolate chips, and dried pineapple.