Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Maple Walnut Granola

I love making homemade granola, but somehow got into the habit of buying it from the store. This morning as I was making my shopping list and noticed we needed granola, I decided that today was the day I’d stop that silly habit and get back in the kitchen and make my own! Our favorite flavor of granola is maple, so I quickly got to work. I chose to leave the walnuts out during the baking process, adding them at the end with the dried fruit, because we prefer raw walnuts to toasted. Feel free to add the nuts into the oat mixture before baking if you prefer it that way. I used a mixture of dried blueberries, mango and cranberries, but you could use any dried fruit you have on hand or leave it out completely. Eat this granola with milk, sprinkled on yogurt or straight out of the container as a snack.

What You Need:

4 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raw walnut pieces (or any type you like)
1 cup dried fruit, cut into small pieces
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 Tbs coconut oil (canola or vegetable would work here)
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp kosher salt

What To Do:

Combine oats, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl.

Combine syrup, vanilla and oil in a small bowl.

Add maple mixture to the oat mixture and, using your hands, coat the oats with the syrup mixture forming clumps. Spread the granola onto a lined baking sheet coated with cooking.

Bake for 40 minutes at 325*, stirring half way though. Once granola has cooled slightly, add the nuts and fruit.

Makes 12 Servings

Bon App├ętit!


Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

I need to try your recipe! I like mine, but feel like its missing something. Yours looks great!

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

Thanks Estela! Let me know if you try it. I was trying to get the same flavor profile as 'Bare Naked's' Maple flavor :) -m

amanda@seegirlcook said...

i love bare naked's granola & i've been in search of a yummy homemade recipe! i'll be sure to try this one out.:) thanks!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

That granola looks awesome!

Allie said...

Wow, your food pictures are absolutely amazing! I am getting hungry from looking at them :) Awesome blog.. I love step by step directions!!!