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Recipe from book, Aging Bites (2017).
Nothing beats a morning filled with good friends, warm cups of tea, laughter and a bowl of crunchy, energizing granola. My good friend would serve this granola on a rainy Sunday morn- ing with thick, creamy, protein-rich greek yogurt (keeps you full and your may prevent osteoporosis we age) and a bowl full of fresh berries (antioxidants fight aging). Made with ingredients that please the tongue, fill the belly and nourish the body ‒ this is a granola for younger mornings. Happy mornings to all!
4 cups rolled oats
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
2 cups sliced raw almonds
1 cup pecans (or roasted cashews)
1⁄4 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup vegetable oil* (…better yet, try using 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil instead)
1/8 cup honey
1/8 cup maple syrup
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 cup dried cherries, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 325 °F. Toss the oats, coconut and almonds in a large bowl. Whisk together the oil, maple syrup and honey in a small bowl. Pour the liquids, a little at a time, over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until all the oats and nuts are coated. Put granola mixture onto a baking sheet and spread evenly over the pan. Bake, stirring occasion- ally (about every 8-10 minutes) with a spatula until the mixture turns a nice golden brown (about 30 minutes). Remove the granola from the oven and allow it to cool, stirring occasionally. In a large bowl, combine the dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Once granola has cooled add to the bowl with the other ingredients. Store in an airtight container.
Ready to take your anti-aging diet to the next level? Use coconut oil instead of canola oil in this recipe. Mmm…tasty and healthy! You can do it – take the risk and try eating a little healthier – you’ll appreciate it for years to come…Get it? For years to come! Oh, I find myself hilarious 🙂