I’m so excited to share this easy recipe with you today! As we all strive to avoid processed foods and eat more whole foods, sometimes it can be challenging to come up with ideas for snacks that are easy to eat on the go, are nutritious, satisfy the need for something crunchy, and will also satisfy a sweet tooth without consuming pure sugar. This maple granola has pure maple syrup, which satisfies that sweet tooth, slivered almonds and pumpkin seeds to satisfy that craving for something crunchy, and dried cranberries for something chewy and a little tangy to balance everything out.
Oats have a number of health benefits including being rich in fiber, which is key for good health. They also contain a number of minerals including manganese, selenium, phosphorus, fiber, magnesium, and zinc.
I have never enjoyed oatmeal and I’m pretty sure it’s got something to do with the texture, because I have always loved granola and oatmeal cookies. Clearly my beef is not with the oats! I like the texture of oats and the flavor of oats, but I don’t like soggy oats.
This maple granola makes a terrific breakfast, but it’s also a great snack to throw in the kid’s lunchbox, to take to work for a later morning or late afternoon snack, a great topping for Greek yogurt or frozen yogurt, and a great substitute for dessert if you’re craving something sweet.
Begin by mixing rolled oats, slivered almonds, raw pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
The salt is necessary to balance out the cinnamon and flavor the nuts and seeds. You don’t need much, but don’t leave it out!
Next, combine the oat mixture with canola oil and pure maple syrup. Do not use pancake syrup! You want to use pure maple syrup. Our store has a generic brand called Private Selection and it’s like the upscale store brand and the products are very high quality, but at a much better price point than name brand products.
Mix everything thoroughly and then pour into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. This makes for super easy clean-up! Just spread the mixture evenly before placing in the oven.
Let cool completely and then break into chunks and finally, add the cranberries, stir and store in an air-tight container. If you want to make it extra sweet, you can add white chocolate chips.
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