It’s finally sugaring season in Vermont and you know what that means . . . maple syrup!! Vermont maple syrup simply can’t be beat, and if you even mention the fake stuff to a Vermonter, you’re crazy. Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite recipes that uses this amazing ingredient. Homemade granola is so easy and it can be so much healthier than what you can buy in stores. The granola in stores that tends to come in large clusters are often loaded with sugar and high fructose corn syrup – which would explain why it tastes so good – but it isn’t exactly the healthiest. When we buy granola, we assume that it is healthy, but it can often contain as much sugar as sugary cereals – yikes! By making your own batch, you can make sure you know exactly what ingredients you are adding. It is also very customizable. Once you get the base, you can add pretty much whatever you want. I’ve included my favorite treats to add. This recipe is healthier than what you will find in stores, but you can even take it a step further and make it even healthier by adding plain slivered almonds, instead of the honey roasted ones that I used, and you can add unsweetened dried cranberries, instead of the ones I’ve chosen. I just used these because it is what I currently have on hand, and it tastes great! I eat this granola on top of yogurt, with milk as cereal, and even just on its own as a great on the go snack! Enough blabbing, let’s get on with the recipe!
Homemade Granola Recipe
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup crushed pecans
1/2 cup slivered almonds (honey roasted taste great!)
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cups dried cranberries and blueberries
- Preheat oven to 340 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, pecans, and almonds. Stir.
- Add in extra virgin olive oil and maple syrup. Stir.
- Line baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Spread mixture evenly on pan.
- Place in oven and cook for 18 minutes, stirring at the halfway point.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Combine with dried cranberries, dried blueberries, and dark chocolate chips. *Tip: If you add in these last couple ingredients before the oats cool completely, the chocolate chips will melt slightly and it tastes amazing!
xo, simply jess