December 21, 2007

Energy and goodness in one welcome jar! That’s granola! SAM

3 cups regular, uncooked rolled oats
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 (2 1/4-ounce) package sliced almonds
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/4 cup salted sunflower kernels
6 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
8 ounces dried cherries
6 ounces M&M chocolate candy or chocolate morsels

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, almonds, coconut, and sunflower kernels. In another bowl, combine the honey, oil, water, and rum extract. Pour into the oats mixture and stir to coat. Spread evenly on a heavy baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with salt, and cool. Stir in the cherries and chocolate and transfer to decorative gift jars.
Makes 5 half-pint gift jars.

Adapted from Emily’s cookbook: All-American Comfort Food.