Orange Coconut Granola
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Crunchy granola that is ingredient versatile. It has a delicious salty sweet flavor that heightens the orange coconut without being too overbearing.
Ingredients
  • 4 c. Organic Rolled Oats (bulk bin)
  • 1½ c. Organic Walnut Halves (bulk bin)
  • 1 c. Organic Large Shaved Coconut
  • ½ t. Sea Salt
  • ⅔ c. Organic Dried Fruit (Bulk bin - I used dried cherries, but can be raisins, berries, apricots, currants, etc.)
  • Grated zest of two Organic Oranges
  • ⅓ c. Organic Butter
  • ⅓ c. Organic Maple Syrup
  • ⅓ c. Juice from the oranges (one orange was enough - I ate the other)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees with racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Set out two rimmed baking sheets (no need to oil or spray.)
  2. Combine oats, walnuts, coconut, salt, dried fruit and orange zest in a large mixing bowl (hands work well.) Heat the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir in maple syrup and orange juice. Whisk until thoroughly combined, then pour the maple mixture over the oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated, at least 30 seconds. Divide the mixture equally between the two baking sheets and spread into a thin layer.
  3. Bake, stirring a couple times along the way for about 35 to 45 minutes or until the granola is toasty and deeply golden. You may want to rotate the pan once, top to bottom, to ensure even baking.
  4. Remove from the oven and press down on the granola with a metal spatula - you'll get more clumps this way. Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature. Makes about 8 cups.
Notes
I found that the granola was already to dry to "press down" when it was finished, therefore I didn't end up with the clumps that I wanted. Next time, I will do the pressing when I rotate the pans, because the mixture will still be a bit more wet.
Recipe by Food. (Just Sayin') at http://www.foodjustsayin.com/2013/04/crunchy-granola-and-i-dont-mean-dirty-hippie/