In my family it’s no secret that during the holidays I ALWAYS show up with handmade-homebaked gifts bursting with love. Let’s be honest I didn’t can 325 (thus far) jars of preserves, chutneys and sauces all for my own evil hoarding pleasures. Well, maybe the tomato jam, but everything else will be shared amongst friends and family. This year I’m planning on adding more “meals in a jar” which are great for crock-pot cooking along with granola which is just all around kick-ass!
Last weekend I had a fierce craving for granola. Seeing as how I had consumed the entire batch I made two weeks ago (except for the container I’m hoarding at my desk in the office) I needed to whip up another batch, deciding to make that top priority of the day. Remembering I had squirreled away a quart jar of dehydrated blueberries last summer I decided to give that fruit a starring role.
Place oats in a lightly oiled 9×13 pan and toast for 15 minutes at 350, stirring once or twice. Had the wheat germ not already been toasted I would have baked it with the oats. Combine wet ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until blended. Remove toasted oats from the oven and add nuts, seeds, wheat germ and salt, stir until well mixed. Pour sugar-oil mixture over dry ingredients and stir so that everything is evenly coated. Place back in the oven for about 20-25 minutes then add dried fruit and sprinkle cinnamon and vanilla powder, stir, then add more vanilla! 🙂