Healthy, Quick Maple Honey Granola with Bark-Like Clusters
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup*
- 1/3 cup honey*
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup oil melted coconut oil, cold-pressed sunflower oil, or avocado oil
- 5 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped almonds or walnuts
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds sesame seeds are good, too
- 1/2 cup flax meal or 1/4 cup flax + 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt omit if using salted sunflower seeds
- optional: 1 to 2 cups dried fruit mixed in after cooling we usually add our fruit to each bowl when eating
- Heat oven to 350 degrees** and line a large rimmed baking sheet with silicone or parchment.
- Mix the syrup, honey, vanilla, and oil together in a large bowl, and then add the remaining ingredients (except for the optional fruit), stirring until the oats are completely coated.
- Press the oat mixture evenly onto the prepared baking sheet, using the back of the spoon, a spatula, or your hand wetted with water.
- Bake, rotating the pan halfway through, for about 24 minutes and do not stir. It will be golden brown all over and more on the edges.
- Remove to a cooling rack for 1 hour before breaking the granola into chunks and letting cool completely.
- Add any optional fruit and store in an airtight container.
**I now bake this at a higher temperature for less time than when I first published this recipe. It's quicker and browns better. The original baking directions were to cook for 35 minutes at 325 degrees. Nutrition Facts were calculated without optional dried fruit.
Once you make this granola, you can use it in these recipes (if you don’t eat it all first!):
Chocolate Chip Granola Bites (and lots of variations!)
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