Orange You Glad Granola

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I first tried this granola at a yoga retreat and was so impressed with it that I had to get the recipe from its maker. Homemade granola is relatively easy to make, stores well (in a mason jar or other air tight container) and unlike the commercial product is low in fat and sugar. You can also tweak the ingredients to change up sweetener (honey or maple syrup) seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia) or nuts/no nuts. If you are avoiding gluten you can use GF oats. Here’s a tip-don’t over-bake your granola! Properly baked granola will still be a bit soft to the touch right out of the oven, but it will continue crisping up as it cools. If you wait until the granola is dark and crispy before pulling it out, your granola will be dry and taste more toasty than anything else. You’ll lose the nuanced flavors of the spices, nuts and honey or maple syrup. Also use the bit of sugar mentioned here. If you were just mixing orange zest into the other ingredients without first mixing it with sugar, you would need a lot more orange zest and you would end up with a lot more bald oranges

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