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Herewith, Lauren Singer--the queen of buying in bulk and the blogger behind Trash is for Tossers--teaches us how to whip up a seasonally-inspired granola from ingredients that you can easily stock up on from your local co-op. Because zero-waste isn't just good for the environment; it makes for a much sweeter meal. Enjoy!

Brown Sugar Winter Spice Granola

  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup almonds chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup other mixed nuts or seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower, cashew etc. 
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil UPDATE: I like using 1/3 cup Organic coconut oil instead of canola
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  1. Preheat oven to 250F 
  2. Combine the water and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until it boils and the sugar is completely dissolved
  3. Let the mixture cool to room temperature 
  4. In the meantime combine the oats, almonds, other nuts and seeds, cinnamon, and salt and mix well 
  5. Once the sugar mixture has cooled, add the oil and vanilla extract and stir until combined 
  6. Pour the sugar mixture into the oat mixture and combine with your hands
  7. Transfer to a baking sheet and pat down in an even layer 
  8. Bake for 60 minutes and then remove from the oven and using a spatula flip the granola 
  9. Return to the oven for 60 minutes until the granola is completely dried 
  10. Let cool before serving and store in a tightly sealed container. It will keep for 2 weeks. 

UPDATE: I have been playing with this recipe and I have stated to add a few things to it:

  • Add 1/4 cup Organic chia seeds to the mixture in step 4
  • Substitute Organic coconut oil for the canola oil in step 5 (I think it makes a sweeter granola)
  • Add 1/4 cup real maple syrup to the oat mixture in step 6 (I use Organic grade A)
  • I like to add Organic dried fruit to the granola after step 10. I use either Organic dried cranberries or Organic raisins. (I use Organic dried fruit because non-organic is said to use petroleum based sulfites to preserve them, YUK)
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