We love granola at our house. Not the fattening, oil laden granola that so many places feed you, but homemade maple almond granola to be exact. 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. Watch yourself, this stuff is addicting!
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
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)