Sweet Maple Granola – From Cereal to Snack
Few snacks remind me of my childhood like Sweet Maple Granola. Oats, gently toasted, coated with honey and maple syrup take me back to hikes I took along local creeks and sitting in the woods reading books. I’d always have a bag of Sweet Maple Granola with me, ready to snack on. Then I started to pour milk over it as a cereal and it was just as good! Over the years, I’ve added wheat germ, nuts, and flax seeds. They are all amazing as a cereal or snack. It’s a great way to add some healthy grains to your diet as well as healthy sugars.
Things to Add to Sweet Maple Granola
Start out with your favorite oats. I love an old fashioned oat, that if you were cooking it into oatmeal, it takes at least 5 minutes. It has a chewier texture, and doesn’t crumble in the granola, making it a great choice. Once you have your base, it is just a matter of adding all the things you love. I love cashews, pistachios, and peanuts for my nuts. They add crunch and flavor that is delicious. I add wheat germ for extra protein and nuttiness, and golden flax seed for extra crunch. In addition to the sweeteners, I change up the spices to suit my mood. Sometimes it’s just cinnamon, sometimes I add allspice and nutmeg, sometimes pumpkin pie spice. On the rare occasion I want something spicy, I’ll use cinnamon and chili powder, as well as a bag of chocolate chips. That’s an awesome combination for the best granola you’ll ever eat.
- 12 oz maple syrup
- 12 oz honey
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 1 large box rolled oats
- 2-3 lbs nuts, any variety
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 t pumpkin pie spice
- 1 lb dried fruit, any variety
- 1 C coconut
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Heat the honey, syrup, and vanilla in a small saucepan until hot and well mixed.
- In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients.
- Add the heated liquids and mix well.
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Cool on paper towels and place in an airtight container.
Storing Sweet Maple Granola
I love to make up big batches of Sweet Maple Granola. Storing it is pretty easy. I use airtight Rubbermaid containers to store my Sweet Maple Granola. After the granola cools completely, place it in containers and seal. The granola will keep fresh for about a month or so (if it lasts that long!). Make some Sweet Maple Granola and make it your own!