Maple Cinnimon Granola

I don’t know about you but I feel like when it comes to granola, it is so overwhelming when looking at the grocery store for the right brand. So many of them are loaded with yucky ingredients and full of sugar and the healthier options are a hefty price and often lacking in flavor.

Now that the weather has cooled down, I am all about turning the oven on and this is the perfect excuse to whip up something healthy and easy the whole family will enjoy. The house will heat up and smell amazing while you are at it!

You can customize this recipe and it is completely vegan if you choose to use the maple syrup over the honey. This recipe makes about 5 cups of granola and only takes 20 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or avocado oil

  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup ( I used Maple Butter but syrup works great!)

  • 7 drops of stevia or monk fruit (optional!)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1/2 cup raw cashew pieces

  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or other dried, chopped fruit (kept on the side until after baking)

Instructions:

Heat the oven to 300°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  1. Whisk together the oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia, and salt. Place the oil, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. Add the oats and cashews/nuts and stir to coat.

  3. Spread the oats out onto the prepared baking sheet. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. If the granola is clumpy, use a spatula to press it into the pan.

  4. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, option to drizzle honey over mixture to create bigger, chunkier granola. Bake, stirring halfway through, for about 20 minutes total. The granola is ready when golden-brown and the nuts have lightly toasted Please note: it will still feel wet coming out of the oven but will dry as it cools.

  5. Add in the dried fruit and enjoy. Store in an airtight container such as a ziplock bag at room temp.

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