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granola

In the PamperedbyKirsty household, nothing makes Mr Kirsty happier than a bowl of crunchy grainy nutty fruity granolas or muesli for breakfast. As part of National Breakfast Week I made up a batch of Granola loosely based on this Good Food Magazine recipe from February 2002.

175g mixed nuts
450g rolled oats
50g sesame seeds
50g sunflower seeds
Pinch of salt (optional)
125ml sunflower oil
100ml honey (can use runny, or if using set honey. microwave for 20- 30 seconds to soften)
3 Tbsp dessicated coconut
75g dried fruit to taste (I used sultanas and cranberries)
70g dried cherries and berries

Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5/fan oven 170C.
Lightly chop nuts to taste, you can leave some whole if you like.
Add the oats and seeds to a bowl with a pinch of salt if using.
Add the oil and honey (if you measure the oil first it helps the honey not stick to the measuring cup!)
Stir together, breaking up any large clumps.

This mix will make 2 medium bar pans worth if you’re using stoneware, or a large lipped tray. Spread out in a thin layer and then place in the pre-heated oven.

The granola will need around 20-25 minutes cooking time and will need to be mixed twice during that time, bringing the toasted edges into the middle.  After 10-15 minutes add the dessicated coconut and allow to toast in the mixture until all is golden.

Mix in the dried fruit, cherries and berries and place in airtight container, can be stored for up to 1 month

Original recipe that was my inspiration can be found at http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1315/crunchy-granola-with-berries-and-cherries

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