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My Favorite Homemade Granola

by Elizabeth Girard, MS, L.Ac.

My Favorite Homemade Granola

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

2 Cups whole grain quick rolled oats
¼ cup of crushed pistachios
¼ cup of maple syrup
2 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 tsp on vanilla
"zest" of one orange
¼ cup of golden raisins
¼ cup of craisins ( I like the flavored ones, cherry or orange)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
• In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients and orange zest together. Leave the dried fruit out to the side.
• In another bowl mix the sweetener, oil and vanilla extract
• Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
• Spread the granola in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
• Add dried fruit and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
• Remove from oven and let it cool on the baking sheet.  Once the granola has cooled, store in a closed container.

*Tip: Place some fresh raspberries and chopped banana in a bowl, top with Greek yogurt and then add the granola. YUMMY!