Maple-Nut Granola

If you’ve never made your own granola, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make. Just combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix in the wet ingredients, and bake until golden brown. The best part is that homemade granola is endlessly customizable, just substitute your favorite nuts or dried fruit. My family enjoys the maple-nut flavor of this heart-healthy granola, but feel free to create your own custom blend. My husband and I do a lot of outdoor activities and we always carry granola with us just in case hunger strikes. Packed with crunchy oats, toasted nuts, healthy seeds, coconut, and a medley of dried fruit that will keep you going throughout your day. This granola is perfect sprinkled over yogurt, eaten by the handful, or even with a splash of milk.

One Year Ago: Crab Rangoon 

Printer Friendly Version

Ingredients:
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut chips or flakes
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons flax seed
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 275°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, almonds, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seed;set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl combine syrup, water, oil, and vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture; stir until well combined. Spread the mixture into a large rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir, and continue baking until golden brown and beginning to crisp, about 45 minutes more. Stir in cranberries, raisins and apricots. Let cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Yields: 10 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

Source: adapted from Eating Well Magazine, November/December 2008

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Breakfast, Light, Snacks and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Maple-Nut Granola

  1. Looks soooooo yummy!!!! Can’t wait to make this!!!! 🙂

  2. Marcee says:

    Hi Christina.

    It would be great to find a healthy granola recipe without nuts. Maybe a bit of dried fruit is ok.

    A few years ago I came across a mag. recipe with oats, flax a few other grains ….. + honey and a whipped egg white or two ….. mix & bake everything. These are not authentic ingredients or instructions. Just a little from memory. Wish I would have written it all down in the docs office.

    If anyone can come up with yummy ideas …. I appreciate the effort.

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    What a crunchy treat — and healthy. Mustn’t forget healthy!

  4. Very pretty granola:)… I’ve wanted to make your orange-spice banana muffins and wish to blog about them, would that be ok with you??
    xo Smidge

  5. i love making my own granola. Going to get some of those coconut chips. I’m not for coconut!

  6. Goodness, that looks delicious! I might have to try this as I’ve never had homemade granola before… I would definitely omit the coconut chips and raisins though, as those two foods like to try and kill me with disgustingness!

  7. Erin says:

    Mm I love all the fruit in there too!

  8. Pingback: Back To School Roundup | Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s