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Posted by trktos on 6-November-2010

Lately, I’ve been making granola on the weekends, for breakfast during the week. A double batch of this recipe fits perfectly in two 10*15 sheet pans.


  • 3 cups – 300 grams – rolled oats (don’t use instant)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds (I use roasted, unsalted)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (I use raw – they’ll toast)
  • 3/4 cup nuts (I use, in a double batch, half pecans and half walnuts)
  • 1 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 2 tbsp margarine
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • about 1 1/2 tbsp orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon


  1. Mix oats, seeds, nuts and wheat germ.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix syrup, orange juice, margarine. Heat in microwave until margarine melts. Stir in cinnamon and salt.
  3. Coat oat/seed mix with syrup mix. Spread onto sheet pan.
  4. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven, 30 – 40 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven. Add fruit when cooled.

Adapted from this recipe.

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Oatmeal Pumpkin Seed Coconut Cookies

Posted by trktos on 29-May-2009


  • 1 3/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup dried shredded coconut (I used very finely ground coconut – 1/2 cup – well, 1/4 cup in half the recipe)
  • 2/3 cup oats (I used regular oats)
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (I toasted on the stovetop in some canola oil)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet.
  3. Combine dry ingredients, including coconut and pumpkin seeds.
  4. Combine wet ingredients.
  5. Pour wet into dry and mix to form a dough (see notes!)
  6. Form into 2″ cookies, flattened, and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes , until cookies begin to brown. Turn sheet half-way through baking.
  8. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to racks to cool completely.


  • These are a work in progress – the dough, as initially mixed (and halved), didn’t hold together, so I added all-purpose flour and sugar, until a better dough formed. I also added a little soy milk. Although my dough seemed relatively wet, the cookies were a tad dry. I cooked them for about 18 minutes, though, that could explain it.
  • Overall, their flavor was great – reminded me of Pecan Sandies – I will definitely try them again. Other nuts or seeds would likely be tasty.
  • Adjusted from this recipe.

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