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Father’s Day Granola

Jay enjoying his granola Sunday morning

My dad is a big eater. He really likes just about anything when it comes to food, but there are a few things he has said he couldn’t live without. The first is peanut butter. When there was a salmonella scare last year, and peanut butter was declared the source, he could only go three days without it. Crunchy is his favorite, and he usually buys it in bulk. The second is walnuts, which he also buys in bulk. He usually eats walnuts and blueberries over yogurt as a snack everyday. Anything like granola, trail mix, or any sort of nuts and berries, he considers “bird food,” and thinks it doesn’t matter how much he eats because it’s so healthy. Needless to say, he eats quite a bit of it.

So, I thought for Father’s Day, I’d keep him prepared for the next couple weeks of kayaking in the summer heat (my dad is the owner of a kayak touring company on Shelter Island, Shelter Island Kayak), I would make him a few batches of granola using his favorite ingredients. I made a Maple Walnut Cinnamon Blueberry batch, and a sweeter Peanut Butter Banana Honey batch for a great grab-and-go snack.

My dad loved both, and I’m guessing both 1.25 gallon bags will be empty in about two weeks tops. We’ll see. But the granola is easy to make and absolutely delicious, here are my recipes so you can make them for your dad, friends, family, or just yourself! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and especially you dad! Love you!

Maple-Walnut-Cinnamon-Blueberry Granola

3 cups oats
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup grade A Vermont maple syrup
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 container dried Michigan blueberries (I got mine from Whole Foods)
1/2 cup flax seed oil (or Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup raw sunflower seeds

Peanut Butter-Banana-Honey Granola

3 cups oats
6 to 8 heaping tablespoons crunchy natural peanut butter
1 package banana chips
1/2 cup honey (I used local honey from the Hamptons Honey Co.)
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup flax oil (or Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

for both recipes, preheat oven at 300 degrees, and cook for approximately 45 minutes, stirring about every 10-15 minutes to ensure it’s equally toasted.

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