As a young girl, I remember those coooollllllddddd winter mornings where getting out of the toasty warmth of bed was truly the hardest thing in life...only to have the freezing bathroom tile force me to walk on my tip toes until I could hop in a steaming shower. I'd bundle up in a turtleneck, sweater, and yellow corduroy pants...Amazing style. I know. :)
I'd bound down our curved stairs and the moment I smelled the warm and nutty aroma of oats and raisins...I knew it was granola day!! My mom would buy oats, raisins, sesame seeds, honey in bulk...and once every so often, she'd make tupperware-fulls of granola!!! I basically felt like we were pioneers and somehow, that made me feel cozy...not sure why. :)
A few months ago, I was staying with Bek, and I came downstairs after another steamy shower on a cold morning only to be hit with that same smell and I knew it was granola day...and it was like a hug from my childhood. She makes an amazing granola that reminds me of everything I loved about being a dorky little girl in Illinois on a freezing cold February morning...so it only seemed right to share it with you!!
Here's to turtlenecks, yellow corduroys, and baked granola!
I N G R E D I E N T S :
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup raisins (or any other dry fruit)
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
In large bowl, combine: oats, nuts, seeds, coconut, and brown sugar.
In separate bowl, combine oil and maple syrup. Pour into dry ingredients and stir.
Pour into two sheet pans.
Cook 1 hour and 15 min. (Stir every 15 to 20 minutes) or until it reaches a nice toasty color.
Remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Add in raisins and mix.