Jersey's Fruit and Nuts Granola
- 8 cups organic rolled oats
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup pecans, chopped
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, roasted and salted
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup golden raisins
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups organic butter or canola oil
- 2 1/2 cups honey
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Place a metal mixing bowl on top of a stockpot with some hot water over medium heat. Add the butter and honey to the mixing bowl and allow the butter to melt. Remove from heat, add the vanilla, and stir.
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry and stir to coat thoroughly. If the mixture appears wet, add more rolled oats, 1/2 cup at a time. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to cook evenly, adjusting the oven temperature if it's getting too dark. Allow the granola to cool completely, and then break apart any large pieces that are stuck together.
This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.
Recipe courtesy Blair Laing, executive chef of Jersey's Cafe in Carmel, IN