What I chose for today was Heather's Maple Syrup Granola. The week prior to finding this recipe, we had an Amish man stop in at our office selling fresh Maple Syrup. We only use pure maple syrup, but I have never had syrup that fresh! I knew I wanted to use this syrup on something other than pancakes. At least part of it! So, when I found the Maple Syrup Granola, I new that was the destination for my syrup!
This was my first time making granola without peanut butter, so I was a little hesitant. Sometimes I need that little nudge to try a new recipe. I can really get hung up on a favorite recipe and stick with it forever. I am glad for the nudge on trying this recipe, it is delicious! I used some ingredients that were new to me, and it was a complete success. Coconut Chunks are my new love, and I wish I new that coconut was in that form a long time ago! This granola was great to snack on, or put on top of yogurt. Some went into a batch of cookies, which was an amazing addition to cookies! I think my favorite way to use this granola was on top of frozen vanilla bean yogurt. YUM!
Maple Granola (Slight adapted from: Bake, Run, Live)
3 c. rolled oats
1 c. dried unsweetened coconut chips
1 c. chopped walnuts
2/3 c. pure maple syrup
1/3 c. coconut oil, melted
1/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. sea salt (original recipe called for 1 teaspoon)
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. dried cranberries (or raisins if you prefer!)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except the dried cranberries. Mix until everything is well combined. Spread evenly onto baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. After 40 minutes, add cranberries and bake for another 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool. Store in air tight container.
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