NANCY'S HOMEMADE MAPLE GRANOLA

Here is a recipe that is really long overdue on my blog here on Food Tastes Yummy. This granola recipe is something I came up with several years ago while I was trying to figure out a healthy but delicious snack for my dad at work. My dad was eating far too many chips for his own good so I really wanted to help him see that healthy food can be just as yummy too (if not better). I'm now making this maple granola for my husband who takes it to work as a snack too. He absolutely loves it! It goes great on top of yogurt and strawberries too. Make double of this and pack it for your whole family.

Serves 4

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Baking time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries (can substitute dried cherries)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, add in the rolled oats, chopped walnuts and almonds. Lightly mix to combine.

2. In a saucepan, whisk in water, brown sugar, pure maple syrup, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and olive oil. Gently simmer the mixture together on medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring occassionally. Take the maple mixture off the heat and let it cool almost completely.

3. Pour the cooled maple mixture over top of the rolled oats, and using a spatula carefully mix both together, until all of the oats and nuts are coated with the maple mixture. Pour the granola onto the prepared baking sheet, and place it in the oven to bake for a good 30 to 40 minutes.

4. Halfway through baking make sure to take it out of the oven, and using a spoon lightly toss the oats around to ensure even cooking. You will know when the granola is done when it's a nice golden brown. Once it's out of the oven mix in the 3/4 cup of dried cranberries, then let the granola cool completely. Place the granola into an airtight container and enjoy.

Cook's notes: You can substitute the nuts for whatever you like. I also like to use cashews and pecans sometimes. If you don't like dried cranberries try dried cherries or blueberries.

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