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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Maple Spice Granola #GlutenFree

Oats become deliciously crunchy when baked in a mixture of maple syrup, spices, dried fruit and nuts.

Maple Spice Granola- Oats become deliciously crunchy when baked in a mixture of maple syrup, spices, dried fruit and nuts.

My Mom has been visiting for a little over a week now. Sadly she is going back home today. I love having my Mom here; it's like having a second set of hands. With Mom here we've been eating WAY too much junk food. Chips, ice cream, cakes and cookies have been a regular part of our diet for the last week. As much as I love sweets, I'm starting to feel the effects. I'm moody, irritable when I don't have sweets after a meal and I am tired. So I decided to make some homemade granola, using natural sweeteners and healthy nuts. Queenie asked me if I could add in some dried fruit, so I threw in a small amount.

I love granola with plain yogurt. The sweet and tangy pairs so well together. I also love it as a quick snack with some low fat milk. The kids love snacking on handfuls between meals and I don't mind that they are having something sweet. The oats become all crunchy and sweet, and the nuts all toasty delicious. Mom really enjoyed the granola too. She asked for the recipe, so she can make some at home for my Dad. He's always looking for a handful of something good to snack on before dinner. This will be perfect for him.


Maple Spice Granola- Oats become deliciously crunchy when baked in a mixture of maple syrup, spices, dried fruit and nuts.



Maple Spice Granola
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3 C rolled oats (I used gluten free oats)
1 C slivered blanched almonds
1/2 C raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
generous pinch of ground cloves
1/2 C pure amber maple syrup
1/4 C raw organic honey
1/4 C olive oil (I would have used coconut oil, but I was out)
1 tsp vanilla
1 C Super Energy Trek Mix (or a mixture of peanuts, sunflower seeds, dried pineapple, papaya and almonds)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, almonds and pepitas; toss to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, honey, olive oil, vanilla, salt and spices. Pour over oat mixture and toss to completely coat the oats and nuts. Pour oat mixture into two 9 inch baking dishes. Bake for 45 mins- 1hr, stirring every 15 minutes; until granola is golden and toasted.

Remove from oven and stir in the Trek Mix (or equivalent) and let cool. Granola will crisp up as it cools.



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2 comments:

Diane Balch said...

We are maple sugaring right now and are looking for fun things to do with our syrup. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us on foodie friday.

Joanne T Ferguson said...

G'day! I have never made granola...perhaps I should add it to the list
Cheers! Joanne