Maple Spice Granola

By | October 26, 2016

Preparation

Makes 4 quart-size jars of granola

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, fruit and dried spices.

In a small pot, combine the maple syrup, vanilla, olive oil and lemon zest. Heat lightly on low to combine, never letting this reach near a boil. Remove from heat and add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir thoroughly to combine. Turn the granola out onto your prepared pans and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer.

To make the perfect clumping granola, bake for 30 minutes rotating once halfway through. Resist the urge to stir! To avoid burning, it's important that the temperature of the oven is low between 275 – 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove once lightly golden and crispy, let cool completely before breaking into clusters.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup whole flax seeds
  • 2 apples, cored & diced
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest
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