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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Granola Retirement Plan

I get in a rut with breakfast sometimes; smoothies, toast with avocado spread on it, hard boiled eggs, etc. Last weekend we took a road trip with my son and his wife's family to Oxford, Mississippi and I noticed my son ordered fresh made granola and yogurt for breakfast.  So I came home and whipped some up.  Easy to make along with yogurt in my multi function cooker, both fairly passive recipes.  I gave a bag to my son and he texted me later, "Think this granola may be your retirement plan."
Be sure to use Old Fashion oats, not quick cook.

  1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup light brown sugar
4 tsp  vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
5 cup Old Fashion Oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
                                    2 cups Trader Joes Golden Dried Fruit Mix

 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and oil  in a large bowl.  Add the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds and stir until blended and the oats are throughly coated.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet using a spatula pressing it down to make it as flat as possible.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating the pan once halfway through baking. Then remove from oven and cool for one hour.  Break into coarse pieces and mix with the dried fruit.  Store in a zip lock bag or air tight container.