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6/27/10 4:32 P

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Thank you for this great granola recipe Ani! I am definately going to try this. I have tried Costco's granola, and it is really yummy. But I am sure this is a healthier option. emoticon emoticon

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6/24/10 5:36 P

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ooh, ouch!

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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6/24/10 4:42 P

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Let's pray wanda doesn't break another tooth...the day I moved here I was crunching on some home made granola while sparking...so NOT a fun evening. Can't wait to make this.

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6/24/10 12:26 P

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I love Granola! With yogurt and fresh fruit is so, so yummy and with just cold raw milk on a warm summer morning is so refreshing.

When you go to eat it you can always add more to it if you like. Like flax seed meal or chia seed meal, or some other dried fruit or more nuts...whatever. Granola is such a "whatever" food. That is why it was the hippies that invented it!! LOL
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WHATEVER!

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6/24/10 11:54 A

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I'm quite sure I will be the only one eating granola. I better freeze it.

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6/24/10 10:59 A

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THIS time I grabbed for the organic, expeller pressed safflower oil from Napa Valley. But any good oil will do. Since you are baking at only 300 degrees you can use any oil that has a smoke point of 300 or more and that's almost all of them.

The nice thing about making the big batch is that you can put it in 1/2 gallon or quart canning jars and refrigerate or even freeze. but if you've got a few granola crunchers living in your house it won't last long enough to worry about freezing it!!

And remember, you can add or subtract anything you like with granola. Adding the dried fruit in towards the last leg of baking helps it to not get too hard. You could even add fruit after the baking is totally done and it would work great.

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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6/24/10 10:25 A

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Looks yummy ANI. I'm gonna use coconut oil. What kind of oil do you use?

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6/24/10 6:41 A

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OMG!! I will have to make this!! thanks! I can't wait to try it!

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6/23/10 11:29 P

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THANKS ANI,,,,I'LL BE THINKING OF YOU WHEN I MAKE IT~ XOXOX SO GLAD I ASKED. YOU ARE AWESOME.

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6/23/10 10:56 P

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Ani You are marvelous darlin! I am going to make that for my Man, he will love it! I'll try not to overdose on it. Thanks emoticon

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6/23/10 9:40 P

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Oh gosh, I pretty much just clean out my fridge and cupboards when I make granola...he he. Well, something like that anyway. Here's a basic list of things:


4 C oats
1 C flaked coconut
1 C coarsely chopped almonds
1 C coarsely chopped walnuts
3/4 C coarsely chopped pecans
3/4 C cashew nuts
1/2 C raw sunflower seeds
1/2 C raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 C sesame seeds
1/2 C wheat germ
1/2 C brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C oil
1/2 C water
2 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c raisins
1 C chopped prunes or dates and/or any dried fruits

Mix everything but the fruit, oil, water, honey, vanilla in a pan with sides tall enough to keep things from flying out when you stir it. (I use a turkey roasting pan) Mix together the oil, water, honey and vanilla and toss with the granola in the pan. Bake at about 300 degrees stirring every 15 minutes for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, adding in the dried fruit the last 1/2 hour, until it's barely, nicely browned. Cool before storing.

This thing, as you can see, needs babysitting so do it on a day when you are home and close to the kitchen.

And, by the way, Granola is anything you want it to be. You can even substitute stevia for the sugar but it won't have the same texture. It will still be really good though. DON"T use the same amount of stevia as sugar though; use much, much less 'cuz it's POWERFUL!

Oh yeah, this is a huge batch; you might want to cut everything in half.


Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 6/23/2010 (21:42)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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6/23/10 9:06 P

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Ani can you share your granola recipe??? I'm ready to try something new. :)

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6/23/10 8:40 P

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Well I don't blame you woman that granola sounds fantastic.



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6/23/10 5:54 P

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A couple of days ago I made a huge batch of granola that is just as much nuts as it is rolled oats (walnuts, almonds, cashew). I also added a few kinds of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame) and some chopped prunes, dried blueberries, golden raisins. but mostly it's oats and nuts. Know what you mean about portion control!!! I always go back for seconds with this granola...and (gosh I hate to admit it)...thirds. Gulp!

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6/23/10 5:09 P

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Thanks, ANI! You know, I've been making my own almond milk, but I have a freezer FULL of all kinds of raw, organic nuts. I think I'm gonna try some cashew milk next. emoticon

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6/23/10 4:13 P

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Good article Aniduckthistle, thanks for posting! We eat all variety's raw nuts. My problem is portion control. A good % of my weight gain in the past has been from to many nuts. Just a small hand full is so hard for me and my Man.


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I love 'em! I just can't manage to stop when I'm supposed to....

They can't read or write but they sure can multiply. Please spay or neuter your pets.

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6/23/10 3:28 P

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I only like one of the nuts listed, but I do eat nuts daily!

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MUSCLE DOES NOT WEIGH MORE THAN FAT 5 lbs = 5 lbs

5 lbs of muscle simply takes up less space than 5 lbs of fat!

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FOOD TASTES GOOD
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6/23/10 2:36 P

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Here's a nice article about the benefits of nuts.
www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/06/29
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f-you-are-nuts-about-health-try-the-R>top-6-healthiest-nuts.htm?source=nl


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