CINNAMON GRANOLA.

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Here I give you, my most favorite granola recipe!

Its crunchy, sweet, satisfying…and does magic tricks. I swear, this granola has perfected the disappearing act. I usually make it on Sundays with the intention of enjoying it throughout the week. But, I’m telling you! BAM, its gone after a day.

You definitely have to see it for yourself, its pretty amazing.

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Another granola trick I’m a fan of, is that it only takes 20 minutes to make. Start to finish, prep + cook time. I’m going to be honest with you, the first time I made this was because I ran out of cereal and was waaaaay too lazy to go to the store, but I had these ingredients already on hand. I was not convinced that GOOD granola was this quick and easy, but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve seen recipes that take an hour or more, stirring at least 10 times. No thank you. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Now when I’m at the store, I find myself stocking up on these ingredients instead of reaching for my favorite boxed cereal.

Because you really can’t beat homemade granola. Its that simple.

And to my fellow Marylanders who got a snow day today(?!), I highly recommend turning on that oven and tossing in a batch of this ;)

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CINNAMON GRANOLA

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/2 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup maple syrup, grade a or b

1/3 cup canola oil

1 cup raisins

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Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with non stick foil.

In a mixing bowl, combine oats, pecans, almonds, coconut, sesame seeds, and cinnamon.

In a small bowl, heat honey, maple syrup, and oil in the microwave for 30 seconds. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir until thoroughly coated.

Spread granola onto the lined baking sheet in a thin, even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring half way through baking.

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Remove granola from the oven, and add the raisins. Stir and re-spread into an even layer. (The oats will still seem soft, but will harden as they cool!) Cool completely.

Devour that deliciousness!

TINA’S TIP: There are a million ways to devour granola! I eat as cereal with milk, I mix it with fruit and yogurt, I use it as an ice cream topping, I wrap it in a tortilla with peanut butter and banana slices, I put it in my salads, on muffins, on pancakes…but usually? I just snack on it by the handful(s)!

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