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California has an abundance of wonderful tree nuts. On the way to the foothills of the gold country the road is lined with honor stands selling almonds and walnuts and cherries and other fruit. I like the contrast of the sweet nuts and acidic dried cherries or cranberries. But, the secret to the outstanding flavor and what makes it different from other granolas is plenty of olive oil! - dymnyno
Serves about 2-3 pounds
- 1 cup pistachios
- 11/2 cups walnuts,chopped and halves
- 1 cup almonds
- 1 cup coconut chips (unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (or brown sugar splenda)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cups dried cherries or cranberries
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- Heat oven to 300 degrees
- Mix all ingredients, EXCEPT the dried fruit. which you add after you remove the granola from the oven and it has cooled. Be sure that you use "old fashioned oats" ...not instant.
- Spread all the ingredients on a deep baking pan and BAKE in the oven for about 45 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes until starts to turn golden.
- Take the mixture out of the oven and then stir in the dried fruit after it is cool.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Cereal
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Gluten-Free Baked Good
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Breakfast
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Best Brussel Sprouts