Granola

“If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call it forth its riches.” 

-Rainer Maria Rilke

The Last Granola…

(you will ever make)

Slightly adapted from Marge Granola

3 cups old-fashioned oats

2 1/2 cups nuts

1/4 cup seeds

1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. cardamom

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. maple syrup

1 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup dried fruit

This is the basic recipe with the perfect ratios that any nut, seed or dried fruit will taste great in.  In the granola pictured above I used 1 1/4 cup almonds, 1 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, and 1 cup dried cranberries.

Preheat oven to 250.  Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.  In a small saucepan,  using low heat, warm olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until it is slightly warm to the touch(3-4 minutes.)  Pour on top of dry ingredients and mix until all the dry ingredients are saturated with liquid.  Pour mixture on a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Use a spatula to pat down the oats.  Keep everything nice and close together if you like clumpy granola or want to make granola bars.  Otherwise you can spread the oats and nuts out a little more.  Bake for 75 minutes or until golden and crispy.  Let the granola cool for 15-20 minutes.  Cut into bars or break apart for granola.  Store in an air tight container for up to a week.