Crispy-Crunchy Granola Munchies
This not only makes a terrific snack but also doubles as an
awesome breakfast cereal. Keep in mind that if you use salted nuts, you’ll
need to decrease the amount of salt used from a half teaspoon to a quarter
teaspoon. And hey, substitute whatever nuts and dried fruits you like best.
These Crispy-Crunchy Granola Munchies will keep up to
1 week at room temperature if stored in an airtight
container—but I bet yours won’t last that long!
6 generous cups
1⁄3 cup honey
4 tablespoons (1⁄2 stick) unsalted butter
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup mixed nuts, including slivered almonds and coarsely
chopped pecans and walnuts
1⁄2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1⁄4 cup hulled green pumpkin seeds
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 cup raisins or golden raisins (or a combination
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1⁄4 cup dried banana chips
Measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, knife, small
saucepan, large bowl, large wooden spoon, baking sheet, oven mitts or pot
holders, fork, wire rack, large mixing bowl, airtight container
1. Make sure
the oven rack is in the center position and preheat the oven to 325ºF.
2. Combine the
honey and butter in a small saucepan. Heat on low heat and stir until melted.
Remove from the heat.
3. Combine the
oats, mixed nuts, coconut, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and salt in a large
bowl. Stir with a large wooden spoon to mix well.
4. Pour the
honey butter over the oat mixture and stir until well combined.
5. Spread the
granola evenly in a thin layer on a baking sheet.
stirring every 5 minutes with a wooden spoon to prevent the granola from
sticking or burning, until fragrant and golden brown, about 20 minutes. (Do not
overcook—the granola will crisp as it cools.)
7. Using oven
mitts or pot holders, remove the baking sheet from the oven and place on a wire
rack to cool. When completely cooled, transfer the granola to a large mixing
bowl and stir in the dried fruit.
8. Transfer to
an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.
An airtight container is important—this will keep your
Crispy-Crunchy Granola Munchies fresh!
Be very careful when stirring the
hot nut mixture!
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