Maple Nut Granola Recipe, Or I’m Ready for the Week Ahead

Maple Nut Granola recipe healthy snack

Different people do different things to feel of top of the week ahead. Some make their kids’ lunches the night before. Others create to do lists and wrangle the calendar. I like to make a good granola.

If you can get over the irony of how granola it is to make your own granola, doing it has many advantages.  Primarily that it’s fabulous plain or with milk, or as a topper for salad or yogurt or ice cream. Also, and not to be underestimated, it means there is a healthy prepared food on guard in the pantry (ie. it can stand in as a dinner in a pinch).  Finally, it’s easy to make, the working oven will warm your house, and make it smell like a home.

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Here is one of my favourite granola recipes, adapted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair, (find her recipes on her website Cookus Interruptus).

A couple of notes:

*  I always make a double batch – it’s not much more work and the granola is popular in these parts.

*  This recipe becomes vegan by substituting coconut oil for butter, and it’s nice.

*  Consider the main ingredients as suggestions.  If you have a preferred nut or seed, by all means play around and customize the recipe.  As long as you are keeping the proportions of dry to wet ingredients, you won’t go wrong. Enjoy!

Maple Nut Granola recipe healthy snack

Maple Nut Granola

Dry Ingredients

3 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup almonds, chopped
½ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup sesame seeds
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup dried cranberries (optional)

Wet Ingredients

½ cup butter *
½ cup maple syrup (or a touch less for a less sweet granola)
1 Tbsp nut butter
1 tsp vanilla

* I use salted butter (yum). If using unsalted butter, add ½ teaspoon of salt to the dry ingredients.

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Mix dry ingredients together except dried cranberries in a large bowl.
Melt butter on low heat in small pot.  Blend in maple syrup and nut butter.  Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Pour butter mixture into dry ingredients and blend well.
Maple Nut Granola recipe healthy snack
Spread onto shallow baking tray. Bake until granola is dry and lightly toasted, which takes about 60 to 90 minutes, turning every half hour or so.  It’s hard to be more precise about timing, as it all depends on how thick a layer you end up with on your tray. Just keep an eye on it the first time; at a nice low setting like 275 degrees F, it will take a concerted effort on your part to burn it.
When cool, mix in dried cranberries if using. Store in an airtight container (a glass jar is nice).

 

3 thoughts

    1. Use anything you have… peanut butter, almond butter – I’ve also done it with sunflower seed butter. You won’t taste it, it just helps keep things together.

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