Granola with Almonds

Almond Granola Photo by Tina May

Almond Granola Photo by Tina May

Orange scented, chock full of heart healthy almonds and walnuts and sweetened with dried fruit and a touch of maple syrup, this is one of my husband’s favorite breakfasts. I generally make a batch of this once a month.

Makes about 8 cups

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups dried unsulfured fruit such as cranberries, currents, dried apricots, papaya, raisins, plums, apples, mango, chopped if necessary
  • Grated peel of two oranges
  • 1/4 t fine grain sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2-3 T melted coconut oil (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 F. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds with grated orange peel and salt. Heat coconut oil in small saucepan over low heat. Add maple syrup. Whisk thoroughly and pour over oat mixture and stir coating the oats, nuts and fruit.  Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread almond-oat mixture in single layer on cookie sheet and bake until lightly toasted. Check every 10 minutes. Stir as needed. Timing depends on your oven and your altitude but generally the granola should be done within 40 to 50 minutes.

Remove from oven, press down on mixture with spatula for clumps. Let cool and store in air-tight glass containers.

Serve with almond milk.

Kitchen Tip

I often skip the coconut oil–there are plenty of healthy fats in this recipe with the almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and the maple syrup provides the adequate granola “clumping factor” .

I consider granola a treat because of the maple syrup and often choose muesli since I prefer the subtle sweetness of just the orange peel. High quality organic maple syrup, however, has its own rich tastes and when I use it I use the Grade B, dark variety, known for its pronounced maple flavors with fewer sugars than the lighter Grade A varieties.

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One thought on “Granola with Almonds

  1. Barb Thoroughman

    Hi! I’ve made the muesli, and I love it. But in one of my old books, it suggests as people used to do, after you put the milk on it, to let it sit overnight. (I use low-fat plain yogurt instead of milk)
    By morning, it is the most fabulous breakfast I could have…all in one little bowl. The dried apple, orange peel, and dried cranberries add all the sweetness I need. I also use some barley flakes, and wheat flakes along with the oats, which for me makes it even healthier. Thanks for all of the great recipes.

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