Festive Maple Granola


Granola Bars / Breakfast and Brunch / Snacks

Granola
7 portions
Metric Imperial

Ingredients

  • 120 ml pure maple syrup from Canada, divided
  • 60 ml apple juice
  • 15 ml canola oil
  • 960 ml rolled oats
  • 120 ml nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc.)
  • 5 ml cinnamon
  • 480 ml dried fruit (apples, apricots, dates, raisins, cranberries, cherries, etc.)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.
  2. In a cup, combine 1/4 cup of the maple syrup, the apple juice and oil.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts and cinnamon. Add the maple syrup mixture and stir well to coat all the ingredients. Divide equally between the 2 baking sheets and spread evenly.
  4. Bake 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the granola is fragrant and golden. Remove from the oven and pour the granola back into the large bowl.
  5. Add the remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup and the dried fruit; mix well. Allow to cool completely; the granola will crisp as it cools. Store in an airtight container.

Maple syrup and colorful dried fruit add a festive note to this granola, which is both low in fat and high in carbohydrates to fuel your body for any type of activity. Plus, it makes a great gift for the fitness buffs on your holiday list!