Maple Granola

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 2/3 cups mixed nuts, such as walnuts, slivered almonds, pistachios, pecans, peanuts, etc.   
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mixed seeds, such as chia, sesame, flax etc. (optional)
  • ⅔ cup dried fruit, such as cranberries, apples, raisins, etc. (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with silpat mat or parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt, and cinnamon.

Pour in the oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix well then pour granola onto your prepared pan and spread evenly.

Bake until lightly golden, about 22 minutes, stirring halfway. For extra chunky granola, press the granola down halfway through.

Leave the granola in the pan for at least 45 minutes without disturbing it (it will get crisper as it cools), then sprinkle the dried fruit over top.

Spoon the mixture gently into an airtight container.     

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