Maple Almond Granola

Maple-Almond-Granola

Granola is quickly becoming one of my favorite foods. I’ve been eating it morning, noon, and night. It’s just a matter of time before I buy some oversized glasses and Toms and join a coop.

It’s so much more appealing to make your own because it gives you an endless possibility of flavors. You can have chocolate, banana, peanut granola one morning and maple almond granola the next. And since oats are cheap(well, unless you’re stuck buying name-brand certified gluten-free oats—but let’s not go there), it’s not a meal that’s going to bleed your pockets dry.

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The hint of cinnamon in this recipe adds a familiar warmth that doesn’t overpower the other flavors. Make sure to use a tasteless oil like canola or safflower unless you’re looking to add the flavors of coconut or extra virgin olive oil into the mix.

Maple Almond Granola

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients(Makes about 3 cups):

  • 2 1/2 cup oats*
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons neutral flavored oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons shaved almonds

*Make sure these are certified gluten-free if you’re dealing with a gluten allergy.

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, maple syrup, oil, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. Lay the oats out in a 1/2-inch thick layer on a baking tray. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the oats are crispy and toasted, occasionally breaking the granola with a fork or other utensil while it bakes.
  4. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool completely.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the granola, raisins, and almonds and toss together until completely mixed.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

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You can toast the almonds for an extra level of nuttiness before adding them to the granola. I’d also suggest adding almond extract to the raw oats before baking for a kick of flavor but it’s not necessary.

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9 Responses to Maple Almond Granola
  1. Cassie
    July 6, 2012 | 9:06 am

    I am a huge fan of homemade granola, love the maple that you added!

  2. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 6, 2012 | 9:45 am

    This granola looks great! Despite it being so simple (and economical) I’ve never made my own granola before. I think that needs to change!

  3. Sharon @ Granola Meets Grits
    July 6, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Ha! Love the crack about joining a co-op and buying oversized glasses!

    Have you tried Nekisia Davis’ Olive Oil and Maple Granola? If you haven’t, you might want to give it a go before your granola phase is over! I think it is my favorite ever. Here is the link, if you are interested!

    http://www.food52.com/blog/2874

  4. Christa @ Edible Balance
    July 6, 2012 | 12:48 pm

    Ok, THIS granola looks delicious! I’ve been a reader for a while, not commenting, but this I had to… so simple, I love it. So happy to see it sweetened with maple syrup, my favorite 🙂

  5. sally @ sally's baking addiction
    July 6, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    I am a self-proclaimed granola fiend and all I ant right now is a big bowl of this. Maple/almond is a delicious combination for granola, too. I love how simple it is! Happy Friday 🙂

  6. The Candid RD (Gina)
    July 7, 2012 | 7:09 am

    Just made homemade granola yesterday. I love it. This recipe sounds amazing. Thanks!

  7. Laura
    July 7, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Looks like a great recipe. If you have celiac, you do have to buy certified gluten free oats, whatever they cost. Look for Bob’s on sale.

    • Anna
      July 7, 2012 | 12:11 pm

      FYI: my local Target just started carrying Bob’s gfree oats for $5.99, which is just about as cheap as they get!

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