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Maple Coconut Granola

I can’t get enough of this granola. Flecks of coconut and a hint of maple are enough to make you swoon. Recently, I whipped up a nut-free batch for our school craft sale’s baking table. Granola is also great as foodie gift with a personal touch. Pack in a mason jar, tie a fancy ribbon and voila – instant hostess gift.

My first attempts at making homemade granola were a big fail. Good thing I came across Bon Appetit’s How to Make Homemade Granola by Avoiding these Common Mistakes, and The Kitchn’s 5 Tips to Help You Make Better Granola.

 

Here are some key tips:

 

  1. Use oil – I like canola as it has a neutral taste.
  2. Add dried fruit after you’ve taken your granola out of the oven – otherwise you’ll end up with rock-hard bits that will ruin your day (totally speaking from experience).
  3. Add coconut towards the end of the baking time – burnt coconut isn’t desirable

 

 

Maple Coconut Granola

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 7 Cups

Ingredients

  • 3 cups large flake oats
  • 1 cup unsalted, chopped nuts
  • ½ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1½ cups dried fruit (I like a mix of raisins, dried apricots and dates)
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven oven to 300F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix, oats, nuts, wheat germ, pepitas, maple syrup and canola.
  3. Spread on parchment-lined rimmed baking tray.
  4. Stir mixture after 10 minutes.
  5. After another 10 minutes, add coconut and stir again.
  6. Remove from oven after 10 more minutes and add dried fruit.
  7. Store in air-tight container.

Notes

Author: Zannat Reza Recipe type: Baking, snack

I like that you can customize your granola. Switch up the nuts (or no nuts), and dried fruit, and you’ve got a whole new spoonful of heaven. What are your favourite mix-ins?
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