ADVOCATE-TESTED RECIPE

Homemade Granola

Serves 8 to 10. Recipe is by Marilyn Cothren; adapted by Julie Kay.

1?3 cup canola oil

1?3 cup honey

2½ cups old-fashioned oats

½ cup sliced almonds

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup coconut

½ cup sunflower seed kernels

1 tablespoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon almond flavoring

½ cup dried cranberries, optional

1. Heat oil and honey in microwave for 1½ minutes. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add oil/honey mixture and mix well.

2. Grease the inside of the slow cooker stoneware with a little canola oil or vegetable spray.

3. Put the granola mixture into slow cooker and cook on Low for 1½ hours. Remove lid; stir and turn cooker to High for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until mixture begins to crisp. Stir every half hour or so to promote crispness and distribute heat more evenly.

4. Remove; cool and add ½ cup dried cranberries, if desired.

5. Serve over yogurt or oatmeal or whatever else you would like to pair granola with.