Apricot Chamomile Granola

Apricot Chamomile Granola

Ingredients:

3 cups old fashioned rolled oats

3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut

2/3 cup dried apricots--chopped

1/3 pineapple chips (or dried pineapple)--chopped

1/3 cup dried cranberries--chopped

1/3 cup salted and roasted cashews--chopped

1/3 cup salted and roasted sunflower seeds

1/4 cup Earth Balance (or margarine/butter)

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons agave

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

leaves from 1-2 chamomile tea bags

Method:

*Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Add oats and coconut to a large baking pan. Toast the oats and coconut for 10 minutes, stirring twice during that time. Set aside. Chop remaining fruit and nuts.

*Add oats, coconut, fruit, nuts, cinnamon, and chamomile tea leaves to a large bowl. Stir to combine.

*In a medium saucepan, heat Earth Balance, agave, and brown sugar over medium low heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in balsamic vinegar and vanilla. Add the sweet mixture to the oats mixture. Stir completely. Press into a large baking dish. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until granola is golden brown. Remove, let cool, stir to break up granola, and enjoy!!!

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