Monday, December 6, 2010

maple pecan granola

We love granola at our house.  Not the fattening, oil laden granola that so many places feed you, but homemade maple almond granola.  I have tried other recipes but this one is terrific and terribly easy that you can throw it together in a matter of minutes for a great snack or breakfast.

We love our granola with vanilla yogurt, hubby adds dried fruit, and I add fresh fruit.  But when the cereal and toast grow old, behold there is granola to save you from the breakfast hum drum.

The recipe is one I got from the Cooking Light website.  The only change I make is that I do not add dried fruit to the entire batch. 
Maple Almond Granola                                                                                                                         (Adapted from Cooking Light)


4 Cups regular Oats
1/4 Cup slivered almonds (or nut of choice)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 Cup water
1/3 Cup honey
1/3 Cup maple syrup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons canola oil
Cooking Spray
1 Cup minced dried apricots
1 Cup raisins


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2.  Combine first four ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  Combine water, syrup, sugar, and oil in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.  Pour over oat mixture; toss to coat.  Spread out on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 325 for 35 minutes or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes.  Place in a large bowl; stir in dried fruit and cool completely.

Note: store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Yield: 6 Cups (serving size 1/4 cup)

Nutritional Information:  calories (126) fat (2.8)

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