Almond Maple Hemp Seed Granola and a Master Granola Recipe

Making your own granola is a cinch! It's also the perfect recipe to get the kids involved in the kitchen because they can get their "mad scientist" on by mixing and matching sweeteners, oils grains, nuts and fruits. Everyone can have their own favorite concoction.
I give you the loose master recipe and tell you what I put in this mix. Recipe after the pictures.

Master Granola Recipe:

1/2 cup your choice butter, oil, coconut oil, flax oil
1/2 cup sweetener; maple syrup, brown rice syrup, honey, agave (You'll need a littles less if you're using honey or agave).
Spices of your choice
4 cups flaked grains; oats are the standard, but you might want to experiment with some other ones like rye or kamut.
A couple handfuls of seeds; sunflower, flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin...
2 cups chopped nuts
1 cup chopped dried fruit (if you are adding flaked coconut or crystallized ginger, I add it in before baking so it toasts up a bit)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Melt the oil with the sweetener over medium low heat in a small saucepan. Add in your spices. In a big bowl, combine the flaked grains, seeds and nuts. Toss it together. Pour in the warmed oil/sweetener mix and toss really well with a big spoon or your hands. If the kiddos are making it, have them wait a minute to cool enough for them to use their hands...way more fun that way!

Spread the mixture on a large, parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Make sure it's in an even layer so that it bakes up nicely. Bake for about 40 minutes, stirring it up every 10 minutes or so for even browning. Make sure to keep a especially close eye on it the last few minutes...if it's going to burn, it will happen fast! Take it out of the oven, mix in the dried fruit and you've got granola! When it's cool enough, store it in an airtight container and it will last about 3 weeks.

Here's what I put in the mix above:

Coconut Oil
Our Patterson Farms Maple Syrup
Slivered Almonds
Hemp Seeds (Sounds really hippy, but you don't really taste them and they are an excellent source of protien!)
Apple Pie Spice blend