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Coconut Date Granola Makes The Perfect Breakfast Parfait

02/11/2014 07:07 EST | Updated 04/13/2014 05:59 EDT

Don't be fooled: granola sounds healthy, but it's often high in sugar, unhealthy fats and oils, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients. Homemade granola is a cut above anything you can buy in the store, and you can so easily customize it by adding your favourite ingredients. Not to mention your house will smell amazing after -- like you've been slaving in the kitchen all day!

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For the perfect breakfast, construct a delicious parfait by layering your granola with protein-packed plain greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and cinnamon. You can also eat it as a snack, bake into muffins or bread, sprinkle on oatmeal for some crunch, add to smoothies, and put in pancake batter. Granola also makes a great gift.

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Granola will keep in an airtight container for a few weeks -- although I can't say it ever lasts that long without being eaten in my house...

Ingredients:

3 cups large flake oats

1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup chopped dates

2 tbsp ground flaxseeds

1 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds and pecans)

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey

3 tbsp canola oil or light-tasting oil

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Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

-Put all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.

-Add the remainder of the ingredients to the dry mixture and combine well.

-Spread granola evenly between two cookie sheets and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking.

-Add chopped dates to granola once cooled.

-Store in an airtight container.

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Source: Wealth of Health