During the work week I’m all about a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast. One of my favorite things to eat is yogurt with granola. Unfortunately, it seems like even the seemingly healthy granola is chockfull of sugar, or is exorbitantly priced. In an effort to save my pennies and eat healthier, I decided to try my hand at making my own granola. The recipe I followed was from Heidi Swanson’s cookbook, and it turned out delicious. While it was baking in the oven, the smell of maple syrup, orange, and toasted walnuts wafted through the air. Not only is this recipe simple to follow, but it allows for some freedom in the ingredients. Not a fan of currants? Substitute it with golden raisins, although you may need to adjust the amount of maple syrup used. This recipe has just the right amount of sweetness, so I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing my health for flavor. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Granola – super natural every day by Heidi Swanson
4 cups rolled oats
1.5 cups walnut halves
1 cup unsweetened shredded large flake coconut
1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 cup dried currants
grated zest of 2 oranges
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
PREHEAT the oven to 300 degrees with racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Set out two rimmed baking sheets.
COMBINE the oats, walnuts, coconut, salt, currants and orange zest in a large mixing bowl. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir in the maple syrup. Wisk until thoroughly combined, then pour the maple mixture over the oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated, at least 30 seconds. Divide the mixture equally between the two baking sheets and spread into a thin layer.
BAKE, stirring a couple times along the way, for about 35 to 45 minutes, or until the granola is toasty and deeply golden. You may want to rotate the pan once, top to bottom, to ensure even baking.
REMOVE from the oven and press down on the granola with a metal spatula–you’ll get more clumps this way. Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.
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