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Satisfying Snacks: Homemade granola mix

Yield: 25 servings (¼ cup each)

Ingredients:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup whole unsalted almonds

3/4 cup whole salted cashews

1 cup edamame

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup almond butter

1 egg white

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup dried cranberries or raisins

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method of Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Toss oats, almonds, cashews, edamame and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.

3. In a medium heat-proof bowl, microwave maple syrup, coconut oil and almond butter together for about 30 seconds. Alternatively, you may melt these ingredients together in a small saucepan on the stovetop. Remove from the microwave and using a fork or rubber spatula, stir until everything is melted together and smooth. You may need to microwave it for 10 more seconds or so.

4. Allow to cool down for at least five minutes. Once slightly cooled, whisk in the egg white and vanilla. Pour over oats mixture and toss to coat. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.

5. Spread onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow granola to cool completely – the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture.

6. Once cooled, toss in the dried cranberries/raisins and chocolate chips.

Chef’s Note: Granola remains fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three weeks.

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