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Kellie's Cinnamon Spice Granola


Cinnamon Spice Granola

Ingredients
3 C. rolled oats (not instant)
3/4 C. raw buckwheat groats (optional)
1/2 C. raw walnuts chopped
1/2 C. raw almonds chopped
1/2 C. unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 C. raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 C. sesame seeds
1/4 C. raisins (optional)
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 t. sea salt
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/4 C. pure maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 C. dates pitted (if dried and hard, soak for a couple hours or overnight)
4 T. melted coconut oil
A few Tablespoons water if needed depending on how dry the dates are
1 T. pure vanilla extract

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, stir together all the dry ingredients, get creative with adding nuts and seeds.  You can add extra dried fruit after baking.

2. Using a blender or food processor, blend the maple syrup, dates, coconut oil, water, spices, and vanilla into a smooth thick sauce.

3. Pour the sauce into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until all the dry ingredients are well coated.

4. Spread the granola on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes until it is toasted but be careful not to burn it.  The granola will harden as it cools.

I like to eat it with fresh fruit and cashew cream or almond milk



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