Nutty Maple and Vanilla Granola
- Yield servings
Use the kind of nuts you prefer and serve the granola with milk or yogurt, fresh and dried fruit, and honey or maple syrup.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/3 cup packed cup light Muscovado sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup safflower or canola oil
- -- dried fruit like apple, cranberries, and cherries to taste
Preheat the oven to 320F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the rolled oats with the nuts and seeds; set aside. In a pot, heat the water, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, sea salt, and oil over medium heat. Bring barely to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix. Spread the mixture evenly on the baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until the granola is golden brown in color, stirring occasionally to make sure it bakes evenly. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Add the dried fruit. Serve with fresh fruit, yogurt, or milk, and honey or maple syrup if you like. This granola keeps well for 4 weeks stored in an airtight container.
It’s easy to make your own dried fruit, like apples or strawberries. Preheat the oven to 220F and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust the paper with confectioners’ sugar. Wash the fruit and pat it dry in a clean kitchen towel. Core the apples and hull the strawberries. Thinly slice the fruit (use a mandoline if you have one) and place the thin slices on the baking sheet. Dust again lightly with confectioners’ sugar, place in the oven, and bake for 1 hour, rotating the baking sheet after 30 minutes. Take the baking sheet out of the oven and turn the slices over to the other side. Bake again for 30 to 40 minutes, checking regularly. The fruit should feel dry. Take one piece out and let it cool. If it’s crunchy, it’s ready. If not, continue to bake. When ready, let cool completely on a cooling rack. The fruit will keep for a few weeks stored in an airtight container.
Reprinted with permission from La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre, Roost Books.