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A favorite breakfast at our house is yoghurt and granola, with whatever fruit happens to be in the house. I make the granola myself, so it varies from batch to batch, depending on what happens to be available when I am in the mood to mix it up. There is a basic recipe though, and that's what I start with... then I add or adjust amounts depending on my mood and what's in the cupboard.

Heat your oven to 325 degrees F. Mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. Measure out 1 cup of oil and set aside... I like to use olive oil but you can use whatever you have handy. Heat 1 cup water with about 1/2 cup brown sugar and let it boil for a few minutes to fully disolve. Pour the oil over the dry mixture until well coated, and then add the water/brown sugar. Mix well, and divide into two cookie sheets that have raised sides. Bake for about an hour, turning every 15 minutes or so, and alternating oven racks (unless you have a HUGE oven where your sheets both fit on the same level). Let the granola cool. Add dried fruit if you like.

Variations are fun. Sometimes I'll add freshly ground cinnamon and some nutmeg instead of using orange peel. I've used orange juice or apple cider instead of water with good results. Substitute pecans or walnuts for the almonds. Let your imagination run wild!



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