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Granola With Sunflower Seeds

Organic Granola Cereal with oats, flax, pecans, and sunflower seeds
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Start your morning off right with a nutritious and delicious homemade granola. Made with sunflower seeds, pecans, and wheat germ, this oat granola will fuel you all day long.

Give it a homegrown twist by using sunflower seeds right from the garden. Here’s how to grow sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and easy grains.

1⁄2 cup canola oil
1⁄2 cup honey or molasses
1⁄2 cup flaxseed
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
3⁄4 cup hulled, unsalted sunflower seeds
3⁄4 cup wheat germ
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, combine the oil and honey and stir until warm. Turn off the heat. 
  3. One by one, stirring to coat each thoroughly, add the flaxseed, oats, pecans, and sunflower seeds.
  4.  Spread the mixture onto an ungreased, rimmed cookie sheet (two, if necessary) and bake for 15 minutes. 
  5. Mix in the wheat germ and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring every 5 minutes or so. 
  6. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool on the cookie sheets. 
  7. Store in an airtight canister in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds  

Sunflower seeds are ready to harvest when they are plump, and the back of the flower head is brown and dry. Cut the sunflower head off the stalk, taking about 1 foot of stalk. Rub the seeds over a plate or box; they should fall off easily. Store them in a sealed container. Learn more about harvesting sunflower seeds.

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