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Maple Almond Granola

Granola is one of those things that’s so easy to make, once you try it you’ll wonder what took you so long to come around. Here’s an easy recipe for homemade granola. It’s lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup and spiced with cinnamon and a touch of ginger. Delicious topped with fresh sliced banana or dried fruit and a splash of soymilk.

Maple Almond Granola
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup raw almonds or walnuts
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (shelled)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon coarse (Kosher) salt
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon canola or safflower oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Place oats, almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon, ginger and salt; stir to combine. Drizzle with maple syrup and oil; stir well.

Spread oat mixture on large rimmed baking sheet (15- x 10-inch). Bake 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Bake 5 to 15 minutes more or until toasted, stirring every 5 minutes. Transfer granola to a large bowl or spread on large piece of foil; cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups

Tip: Dried fruit like golden raisins or dried cranberries are the perfect addition to this granola. Add dried fruit just before serving. Storing granola with dried fruit can cause granola to soften.

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  • Reuben August 1, 2011, 1:04 pm

    I made a double batch of this granola. I think it is a very good recipe. I could only find salted sunflower seeds, so I used those and added no other salt. Used dried cranberries and dark raisins. Used walnuts rather than almonds. Probably baked it about 10 minutes longer, but the oven door was being open and shut a lot–I doubt it was 300 degrees.

  • Jen August 1, 2011, 8:24 pm

    Glad you liked the granola. Thanks for sharing your recipe changes- good idea to omit the added salt since your sunflower seeds were salted.
    Thanks,
    Jen

  • Debbie November 22, 2011, 6:20 am

    Do you know what the nutritional content of this recipe is?

  • Jen November 22, 2011, 6:50 pm

    Hi Debbie- I don’t have nutrition analysis done for the recipes I develop, so do not know the nutritional information.
    Thanks, Jen

  • Selena March 23, 2012, 9:13 am

    Great recipe! Thank you so much.

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