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How to make fruit & nut granola

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Bursting with dried fruit, nuts & seeds, this granola makes a great breakfast food or anytime snack. It has a lower fat and sugar content than commercial granolas, and is much more economical.
What you'll need: 
250g large flake porridge oats
50g dessicated coconut
40g each chopped almonds and walnuts
30g sunflower seeds plus 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
50ml golden syrup
2 tablespoons mild vegetable oil
Grated zest of one orange, preferably organic
1 teaspoon vanilla extract plus 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus pinch salt
150g assorted dried fruit, chopped if large
Large enamelled baking tray
Preheat oven to 140C, gas mark 1.
In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut, nuts and seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk together golden syrup, vegetable oil, orange zest, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.
Drizzle liquid mixture over dry mixture and stir well until dry ingredients are evenly moistened.
Spread mixture evenly onto a large enamelled baking tray, then bake in middle of preheated oven for 1-1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. Turn oven off and let granola cool on tray in oven.
When granola has cooled to room temperature, stir in dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Using an organic orange will avoid the possibility of pesticide residues.
Different nuts and seeds may be substituted.
Maple syrup may be used instead of golden syrup.


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