There's really no reason to buy granola when the parts are so easy to come by and cooking it is so easy. Plus, even at places like Whole Foods and Sunflower Market, the bulk granola often is chock-full of chemicals, instead of just nuts. This way, you can exercise some control and make your own perfect granola.
Since it's Canada Day, I decided to make this sweet and crunchy maple walnut granola to swirl into some frozen yogurt and add to my breakfast cereal. Granola is just one of the many ways to use maple syrup, though I have to admit adding a splash of it to a glass of milk is a particular favorite as well.
Homemade Maple & Walnut Granola [printable recipe]
Adapted from Alton Brown's recipe from Good Eats
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 3 tbsp sweetened coconut
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- a pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 250F. Combine oats, nuts, coconut, sugar and salt together in a bowl. Combine syrup and oil. Mix the two together well and spread out on a quarter-sheet pan in an even layer. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 10 - 15 minutes for even color. Remove, let cool, enjoy.
- If adding dried fruit, simply stir in once the granola comes out of the oven.