Let me start by saying Happy New Years! What are your resolutions for 2013? Is eating healthier one of them? I thought I’d kick off the new year with a heart healthy granola, great for breakfast/dessert/snacking … you name it.
1 1/2 Cup old fashioned oats
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, etc.)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, cherries, raisins, etc.)
dash of cinnamon
dash of vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour on a sheet pan lined with foil or parchment paper, and spread evenly. Cook for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes or so. Cool and store in an airtight container. Serve with milk, yogurt, or eat plain!