Saturday, July 20, 2013

Maple Pecan & Almond Granola

Granola has always been one of my favorite snacks, but it's so expensive to buy in the store!!! And, my biggest issue is that there is always dried fruit in it. I don't know why, but dried fruit kind of freaks me out. I would much rather have granola full of nuts and maple syrup.

So, I did what I normally do in those situations, and started mixing random things together and baking them to see what would happen. Eventually, I nailed it.

Maple Pecan & Almond Granola

  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups of chopped pecans
  • 1 ½ cups of sliced almonds
  • ½ of a cup of pure maple syrup
  • ½ of a cup of honey
  • ¼ of a cup of canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • ¼ of a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 dashes of pumpkin spice
  • 3 dashes of nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt

  • Preheat oven to 250°F
  • Mix the oats, pecans, and almonds into a large bowl
  • Mix together all the wet ingredients and the spices, and pour over the dry mixture, mixing thoroughly

  • Spread granola onto 2 baking sheets, and spread evenly

  • Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
  • Bake for 25 more minutes, or until golden brown
  • Let granola cool on a cooling rack, and granola will get crunchy
  • Store in an airtight container
  • Enjoy plain, or in yogurt, or in cereal...the possibilities are endless!!!

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