Ultimate Granola

Makes 7 cups (1.75 L).


The ultimate combination of fruit, nuts and quinoa makes this granola balanced and complete. Serve with dairy-free milk or yogurt. It also makes a great snack for hiking or having at your desk at the office for those mid-afternoon munchies.

2 1/2 cups large-flake rolled oats

3/4 cup whole almonds

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds unsalted

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1/3 cup quinoa (uncooked)

1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup walnut pieces

1 cup maple syrup

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup raisins

Measure the oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, quinoa, coconut and walnuts into a large bowl. Mix well. Combined the maple syrup and vanilla in a separate small bowl. Add the syrup mixture to the oat mixture and stir until evenly distributed. Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly on top of the mixture and blend well. Spread the granola evenly on the large baking sheet and bake at 225°F for one hour. Remove and set-aside to cool. Toss in the cranberries and raisins. Store the granola in a sealed container in your pantry for up to 4 weeks.

Chris Walker