Well, okay maybe this granola won’t actually fight climate change but it make you happier and healthier while you do. It’s a very simple recipe, and a hit with most people. Of course, if there is someone with a nut allergy in your house leave out the nuts and add more dried fruit.
Climate Change Granola
5 cups rolled oats
1 cup wheat bran
1/2 wheat germ
1/2 cup flax seeds
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 chopped almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup dried fruit (pick your favourite – I usually add craisins and apricots)
1/2 – 3/4 cup honey, to taste
1/4 cup oil (I use light olive oil)
1 tsp cinnamon (or more)
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp frozen OJ concentrate
Mix together all the dry ingredients except the dried fruit in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix together the oil, honey, cinnamon, vanilla, and OJ (a tip for making the honey easier to deal with is to measure the oil in the measuring cup first, then the honey. Also, I usually microwave the honey for a VERY short time – about 20 seconds – to make it easier to mix.)
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry, and mix until thoroughly coated. Spread onto 2 lightly greased baking sheets and bake at 300 degrees F, or 150 degrees C, for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Stir regularly (~10 minutes) to ensure even browning.
Add the dried fruit, and store in airtight containers once it is cooled.
For a lower-fat version, omit the oil. Also, I occasionally use oatmeal with bran and flax already added. In that case, I don’t bother adding more. This recipe doubles well.