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Almond Butter and Maple Granola

 

Yields:  about 3 cups             Prep Time:  10 minutes       Total Time:  30 minutes

 

This is an easy and nutrient rich granola recipe with no refined sugar that comes together in less than 30 minutes.  Almonds are loaded with healthy fats and vitamin E, whereas oats brings whole grains, fiber and iron to the table – all in a delicious golden crunch!

 

Ingredients

3 tablespoons almond butter (I used roasted and unsalted)

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (omit for less almond flavor)

1/2 teaspoon salt (if used unsalted almond butter)

1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 cup crisp rice cereal

1/2 cup sliced almonds (I used raw)

 

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

2. In a bowl, whisk together almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. 

 

3. In a larger bowl, combine dry ingredients; oats, rice cereal and sliced almonds.

 

4. Slowly combine wet mixture into dry ingredients.  Mix well until everything is coated.

 

 

5. Spread out on a baking pan (I use parchment paper for easy clean up).

 

6. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes (give or take a minute or so), removing from the oven halfway through cooking to stir on the baking tray.  The granola should be golden brown.

 

7. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

 

Homemade granola is one of those things that seems complicated, but is actually so simple.  One of the best reasons is that you can control the flavors and the ingredients (oats, nuts, or other grains and cereals).  It’s also a fun recipe with which to experiment.  I’ve made a Golden Coconut and Spinach Granola (can’t even taste the spinach!) as well as a Pumpkin Pecan Granola (made with real pumpkin puree!).

 

Lately, the girls and I have been enjoying a granola buffet for breakfast.  They each start with a bit of whole milk vanilla yogurt (or plain yogurt with a bit of maple syrup), and then get to add whatever toppings or mix-ins, if you will, that they prefer.  Old fashioned rolled oats, dried cranberries and shredded coconut are a favorite. 

 

Granola is a given, but everyone always has a different preference as to where the golden crunch goes.  Sometimes it’s on top, leaving the banana and yogurt underneath.  My other daughter prefers to mix everything all together.  The third simply likes it on the side.  And last, but certainly not least, my husband puts it on ice cream.  Maybe it makes him feel healthier???

 

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