Homemade Maple & Honey Nut & Fruit Granola

I wish you could have all been in my kitchen Sunday morning! I woke up with a craving for something crunchy, sweet,Homemade Granola salty, and good for me. Granola! The smell of the warm maple syrup and oats in the oven was enough to waft into the bedroom and bring out even the grumpiest non-morning sleepy-eyed person in the house. With the yummy dried fruits, array of crunchy nuts, and sweet flavor of Vermont maple syrup (last years run from our own maple trees) and local raw honey, this granola will make your mouth smile and your taste buds say mmmmmmmmm!

2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup of hazelnuts

1/2 cup of walnuts

1/2 cup of pecans

1/2 cup of dried apricots

1/2 cup of dried cranberries

1/4 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of maple syrup

1/4 cup of raw honey

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Pre-heat your oven to 325°F. In a large bowl start with your rolled oats.

Bowl of oats

Chop all of your nuts and dried apricots into rough pieces.

Chopped nuts

chopped apricots

Add all of your dry ingredients into the bowl with the oats.

adding the dry ingredients

Pour in the maple syrup and honey. Stir well and then sprinkle with the salt and then stir well again. Your granola mixture should be wet and sticky.

wet granola

Spray two baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray. Spread half of the granola in one pan and the rest of the granola in the other pan. Using a spoon, spread the granola out evenly on the pans.

granola in the pans

Place in the oven. Bake for 5-8 minutes and then using a spoon, stir well as you don’t want any of the granola components to burn.

stirring the granola

Put back in the oven, bake for 5-8 minutes then stir again. Repeat until the oats begin to lightly brown and dry. The granola can take anywhere from 12-25 minutes, so watch it carefully and when it starts to brown, pull it out, stir, and then leave out to cool. Once the granola is completely cooled, store in a cool dry place in an airtight container. The granola can be stored up to a month, though it always disappears too fast in my house to ever test that theory.

This granola can be used in so many ways, but we all love eating it like cereal in a bowl with milk. I have also used it as a crunchy topping for ice cream or as a healthy snack when hiking or at the office.

bowl of granola and milk

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