Cinnamon Maple Granola

Cinnamon Maple Granola

By Brian Higginson, RD, CD
Clinical Nutrition Specialist

At last, a breakfast that’s quick, economical, healthy, and promises to satisfy the entire family. Our master granola recipe becomes the foundation for an array of breakfast ideas. Just add fresh or dried fruit and nonfat yogurt or milk. We love this recipe so much that we make batches and give it for gifts (makes 16 servings).

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, such as canola
  • ½ cup maple syrup, honey or cane syrup
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted nuts such as walnut pieces, slivered blanched almonds
  • 1 cup seeds such as flax, hulled pumpkin, sunflower
  • 5 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly spray 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oil and maple syrup with nuts, seeds, grains and spices. Stir well and spread thinly onto baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes and stir mixture. Continue baking another 10-15 minutes until mixture is crispy and golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Store in an air-tight container for about 12 weeks or in freezer for 1 month.

Per ½ cup serving: 270 calories, 7g protein, 27g carbohydrate, 16g fat, 2g sat fat, 8g mono fat, 0mg cholesterol, 4g fiber, 3mg sodium

The Seasoned Cook Combine grains, seeds, nuts, fruits and spices to your family’s liking. Note that while this recipe is higher in fat, it’s the healthier fats. Pack portions for snacks on the go.

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