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Fruitcake Granola

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OK, so this isn’t your typical fruitcake, not at all like great, great, great, great grandma use to make…hmmm, I wonder if that thing is still around here somewhere.  haha  Whether or not you like fruitcake, their history on them is rather interesting…

What to do with a fruitcake?

Well, I can’t say that my Fruitcake Granola will last for years but I can almost guarantee that it would make for a well received gift that will be gone probably in less than a week!

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Rinse the soaked oats, nuts and seeds until the water runs clear.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In the food processor, using the “S” blade combine all the ingredients that are listed as “wet ingredients”.  You can also use a blender or mix by hand.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix well until everything is well coated.  Allow the batter to sit for about 15 minutes, this activates the flax meal and will help to absorb some of the extra fluid.  This batter will be wet as you place it on the dehydrator sheets but it shouldn’t be soupy.
  4. Place the batter on the teflex sheets that come with your dehydrator.  If you don’t have those you can use parchment paper, but don’t use wax paper because the granola will stick to it.  You can either spread the batter out flat with an offset spatula or you can drop it on the screen in chunks which allows it to dry in clusters.   This is my favorite way since we tend to eat the granola more as a snack than as a cereal.
  5. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for about 4 hours and then flip the granola over onto the mesh screens that comes with the dehydrator.  Continue drying for about 20 hours or until desired dryness is reached.  I tend to like my granola more on the chewy side than the crunchy side.
  6. Once done and cooled, store the granola in air-tight containers.  You can keep it on the counter top for walk-by munching or it can be stored in the fridge or freezer to extend the shelf life.  On the counter it should last several weeks,  if it lasts that long!

I always get a real charge out of pulling the granola off the mesh screens once it is through dehydrating. :)

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