One of the things we frequently have on hand in my house is my homemade Maple Granola.  I make it when guests come for brunch, I often make it over the holidays for gifting, but we also just like to have it around the house for cereal and to sprinkle on yogurt.  Sometimes we even make granola cookies or bars out of it.  It’s quite delicious, and super-easy to make.  It’s a good one to have the kids help you with.

Falling Day’s Maple Granola Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Old Fashioned oats
  • 1 Cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 Cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 Cup pepitas (unsalted, and hulled)
  • 1/2 Cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)
  • 2 TBSP Canola oil
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1 Cup dried fruit

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Mix together the oats, almonds, coconut and pepitas.image
  • Add in the maple syrup and the oil. Mix it until it is well-coated.image
  • Then sprinkle in the salt and give it another little mix.
  • Put it into an medium-sized casserole-type dish, make sure it’s spread evenly (but don’t pat it down).
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  • Pop it in the oven on the middle rack for 15 minutes.
  • At 15 minutes, toss it and then put it back in for another 15 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, take it out of the oven and put in your dried fruit, while it is still warm (it’s going to smell goooooood!).  image
  • Mix it all in and let it cool.
  • Once it’s fairly cool, transfer it to your container.  Use one of those cereal keepers or a glass jar or something.image

You can get fancy with the dried fruit options, this one has dried mango, banana, papaya, and raisins.

Did I mention the yogurt parfaits you can make with this??12510339_10153824156086346_4792600758964022953_n

 

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