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Special Snack Treat: Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola

July 13, 2010

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One of my favorite things to snack on is granola. In town, Big Sky Granola is one of my favorites because it’s chunky like this Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola recipe. I made this for a special treat for my friend who just had surgery, and she took one bite and said, “This granola rocks!” It is as good as it looks and full of wonderful ingredients.

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Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola

Prep: 15 mintues
Cook: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Yield: 10 cups
Ingredients
4 cups organic old-fashioned uncooked oats
1 cup unsalted, roasted sunflower seeds, already shelled
1 cup organic whole walnuts
3/4 cup whole natural almonds
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup lightly browned sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup dried berry mix (or a mixture of dried cranberries, blueberries or cherries)
1 cup dried, chopped apricots
2 tablespoons toasted coconut (optional)
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Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 275F.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds and flaxeed. Set aside.

3. In a small saucepan, combine butter, honey and brown sugar over low heat, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. Stir butter mixture into oats mixture, mixing until well coated. Press out firmly onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes or until lightly browned (do not stir during baking). Let cool completely in pan.

5. When granola is cool, bread apart into chunks and stir in dried fruit and coconut, if desired. Store granola in an airtight container up to 5 days.



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13 Responses to “Special Snack Treat: Chunky Nut and Dried Fruit Granola”
Jon Lewis says:
July, 13 2010at 03:49 pm
This was the best. Had it as a snack last night and for cereal this morning. It is so addictive that it needs to have a warning label.
July, 13 2010at 12:39 pm
Yes, the pottery is my all time favorite and is made in Alabama where I'm from. Here's the link http://www.earthbornpottery.net/
Christine says:
July, 13 2010at 12:32 pm
This looks fabulous -- can't wait to try it. Beautiful serving bowl!
July, 13 2010at 10:11 am
Did you try it in the package or fresh out of the oven? There's a huge difference.
August, 01 2010at 07:35 pm
I love the idea of using coconut oil. Let me know how it turns out!
Caroline says:
July, 13 2010at 08:54 pm
I love the chunks! Makes it perfect treat for snacking. Homemade granola is WAY better than store-bought, you can control the sugar and fats.
Marci says:
July, 13 2010at 10:06 am
I just blogged about Big Sky Granola today. Just discovered it in Houston. Wanted to like it, but didn't. Maybe I'll try your homemade one and freeze it. I like that it doesn't have oils.
gaea says:
August, 01 2010at 05:47 pm
Hi from Cullman county, AL. what about using coconut oil rather than butter? I have been searching for a Big Sky-like granola recipe when I found your blog here.. for sure we save at the store, and also is much more environment friendly doing without the plastic bags. sounds really good will be trying it out with coconut oil soon as I get flax seed from store. Thanks in peace ~
Maria says:
July, 13 2010at 03:58 pm
Great snack or breakfast!
July, 13 2010at 05:42 pm
Your chunky nut granola is loaded with all kinds of greatness! Just the way I like it. Your friend is lucky to have you cooking for her :) xo
July, 14 2010at 11:05 am
I love chunky granola...this looks delicious.
Suzanne says:
September, 16 2010at 10:57 pm
I love granola but haven't found one that I just love so I must try this one it looks great, thanks!
December, 07 2011at 09:41 pm
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