Homemade Stove Top Granola

1 cup rolled oats (or kamut or rye flakes) - optional 
1/3 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds or pecans a good choice) 
1/3 cup wheat germ (or ground flaxseed or pumpkin seeds or all) 
1/3 cup sesame seeds 
1/3 cup sunflower seeds 
1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 
1/4 tsp salt (optional) 
2-3 handfuls of dried fruit (raisins, dates, figs,apples, apricots,etc
anything chewy)
Water 

In a food processor, add the dried fruit and about 3 tablespoons of water. Puree and add water as needed till it becomes fully blended and a sticky ball. Set aside. Add the oats and nuts to a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes, paying attention to turn ingredients over. They will start to become slightly golden and toasted.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the skillet and continue stirring and turning for about 10 more minutes till it’s all golden and smells toasted.

Add the sticky ball of fruit and, using a plastic spatula, chop the ball up until it is evenly divided and coated with the nuts and seeds. Altering the amount of fruit will increase or decrease the sweetness and gives the granola that chewy texture.

Serve warm or cold on its own, over fresh or warmed fruit or with plain yogurt or milk. Would also be great as a topping to a baked fruit dessert! Store in the refrigerator. I don’t know how long it keeps because I eat it so fast.

Muesli

Use the same recipe as above (no salt) and add everything to a bowl except the ground flaxseed or wheat germ and the coconut. You could also try the other grains or even millet or buckwheat. No need to puree the fruit. Fill with water till the ingredients are just covered and store in the fridge overnight. (It would probably be ok on the counter as well?)

Do not drain, as the water is very sweet and tasty! The sugar from the fruit has sweetened the water and the flavour travels throughout all the ingredients.

Then add flaxseed and coconut and stir together. Serve warm or cold in the same way. Add fresh fruit or berries, serve with yogurt or add milk. All these combinations have been delicious!



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