Walnut Granola

If you love granola and have been told to stay away from the sugar and fat laden versions of it, this recipe is for you.  This granola recipe has less sugar, oil and salt than most store bought versions and it still tastes great.  You can’t completely leave out the oil  otherwise it won’t be crunchy.  It’s become a staple in our home.  My daughter takes it to preschool as a mid-morning snack or has it with milk for breakfast and my husband and I enjoy it with yogurt.

 

Ingredients:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup

4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup canola oil

5 cups rolled oats

2 cups walnuts, chopped

any fresh or dried fruit you like

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and adjust oven rack to upper-middle position. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk maple syrup, sugar, vanilla and salt. Then add oil and continue to whisk.
  3. Fold in the oats and nuts of choice (walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds or even a mix).
  4. Pour mixture evenly over entire baking sheet and using the back of a measuring cup flatten the oat mixture.
  5. Bake for about 40 min until golden brown.
  6. Let cool for about an hour and break into desired pieces. You can either leave as is, or add dried fruit.

 



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