Easy and Healthy Granola
4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cook or steel cut)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 heaping cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1 heaping cup sliced raw almonds
6 Tablespoons raw brown sesame seeds , or substitute flax seeds
For the Syrup:
6 Tablespoons butter or coconut oil
6 Tablespoons light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 315 degrees and spray a large sheet pan with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper.
Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl: oats, sunflower seeds, coconut, almonds, and sesame seeds. Stir to combine and set aside.
Make the sauce by adding butter to a large saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat.
Add all sauce ingredients EXCEPT baking soda.
Bring the mixture to a boil and once boiling, remove from heat and stir in baking soda.
Pour immediately over the dry oat mixture and toss to evenly coat everything.
Pour mixture onto prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and toss mixture, then gently press down on it with your spatula to flatten it back into the pan. Bake for another 8-12 minutes until golden.
For best results and yummy "clumps" of granola, allow the granola to cool completely in the pan before stirring or breaking it up.
This recipe yields about 8 cups of granola. Serving size is 1/4 cup.