Maple Spice Granola

Granola. Just the name alone sounds healthy. The main ingredients are oatmeal, dried fruit, and nuts. All of these foods are nutrient dense, healthy foods. So why not just buy some $3.99 granola from the store and chow down? The first reason is obviously for the taste, this granola has a warm maple flavor with a little kick of spice. Second, it will make your house smell amazing, people will think you are baking up a storm, but really you are just making 15 minute granola. Third, it’s healthier for you and you don’t have to worry about consuming artificial flavors and preservatives. This recipe is also lower in sugar than most store bought granola and it is very cost effective as well.

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Have you ever made granola from scratch before? Try it tonight!

Ingredients
7 cups rolled oats
1 cup walnuts or favorite nut
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup canola or olive oil
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup honey (omit if prefer lower sugar)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 TBSP vanilla

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
2. Combine oats, raisins and nuts in large bowl
3. In microwaveable bowl stir sugar, oil, maple syrup, honey, and spices. Microwave for 30 seconds to 60 seconds
4. Pour over oat mixture and mix well
5. Thinly spread on baking sheet (you will need 2-3 large baking sheets)
6. Bake for 15 minutes, stir, and return to oven for 15 minutes
7. Cool thoroughly and store in air tight container

To make a parfait layer with favorite sliced fruit and vanilla Greek yogurt.

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