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Homemade Granola

By far, this is the best granola that I have ever tasted. It was inspired by my summer trips to my Aunt Nadia’s house in Nantucket. I would never leave the Island without loading up on this terrific Nantucket Granola, which freezes fantastically. It was one of the first items on our menu, and our customers have become addicted to this terrific and healthy breakfast option. Personally, I think it is a great snack and a good cure for the munchies. Eat it with yogurt and fresh fruit or in a bowl with cold milk.

Ingredients

4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
2 cups sliced almonds
2 cups chopped walnuts
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup unsalted cashews
1 cup good quality honey
1 1/2 cups dried apricots, diced
1 cup pitted dates, diced
1 cup dried figs, diced
1 cup craisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Toss the oats, coconut, almonds, walnuts, pecans and cashews together in a large bowl. Pour onto a 11 x 17- inch baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes until coconut and nut mixture are lightly toasted or starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and pour the honey over the oat mixture. Stir with a spatula (or use your hands) until all the oats and nuts are coated. Return mixture to oven, and bake until the mixture turns a nice golden brown, about 15-20 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking.
Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool. Stir in apricots, craisins, dates and figs. Stir as it cools. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.
MAKES 12-14 CUPS

 

 

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About the Author

For the last 8 years Sarah Lasry has been the heart and soul of the successful and celebrated Tastebuds Gourmet Café & Flower Shop in Howell, NJ. Sarah opened and ran Tastebuds to much critical appraise for her unique approach to delicious, kosher gourmet cooking as well as her legendary parties, original style and artistic culinary flair. In 2006 Sarah wrote the acclaimed bestselling cookbook “THE DAIRY GOURMET” which revealed all the secret recipes of Tastebuds Café. With much anticipation from her many fans and fellow foodies, Sarah’s brand new cookbook “THE AT HOME GOURMET” just hit the stores with high praise and reviews. Sarah currently resides in Lakewood, NJ where she has recently left the restaurant business to concentrate on her passion for writing cookbooks and is hard at work as the Food and Home contributing editor for Binah Magazine and www. Kosherstreet.com.

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