Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Recipe Redux: Maple Coconut Granola

Before I get into the recipe redux for the month (which i think you'll enjoy!) I have a special announcement! the winner of my Larabar giveaway is Katherine! I will be in touch with her about getting her prize. thanks to all that entered by commenting or tweeting-I have so many new snack ideas to try!
Nothing like getting a little kick in butt to make/try a new recipe by a Recipe Redux prompt at the beginning of the month! For those of you who may be saying "what is she rambling about again?" Recipe Redux is the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. And it's a whole lotta fun!
Today we're all celebrating some natural northeastern sweetness with maple syrup! There's something that just feels so warm about maple syrup. I consider myself lucky to have been raised on VT Maple Syrup and don't think Aunt Jemima ever crossed my lips. Plus it's the only sweetener besides honey that's local to my current home. I found this guide to maple syrup grades to be very interesting if you want to get nerdy with me. So start your morning with a little maple syrup-y treat!
Maple Coconut Granola
  • 4 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • salt and cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. (i always forget this step

First I had to toast my own coconut and almonds. This taste but 15 minutes and exponentially improves the taste

.Then combine all the ingredients and spread out on a baking sheet (or two)

Stir every 15 minutes for 45 minutes to make sure no areas get too "crispy"

Let cool. Then enjoy! With fresh fruit, yogurt, milk (or any sort) or on top of ice cream .mmmm

Check out some more maple syrup goodness by these dietitians!


Carlene @ Carlene's Figments said...

Once you do homemade granola ya' don't go back to the store kind! I love your addition of coconut.

Anonymous said...

What temperature do you bake this at? Can't wait to try it! Yum!

Elizabeth Jarrard said...

Obviously I wasn't yet awake- 350!!

Danielle Omar said...

Been wanting to make granola for a while now...this looks great. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

Yum! The granola looks fantastic! I am such a granola freak!!

Alex @ said...

Yum! I am loving all of these granola recipes, this one looks delicious- i LOVE maple syrup anything!

Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian said...

This granola looks fabulous! Coconut is such a great addition! :)

Trish said...

Sounds delicious. I like how you add coconut and almonds and toast them first. Thanks for sharing!

Ann @ Eat to Nourish, Energize & Flourish said...

I keep saying I'm going to make my own granola and this looks like a fantastic recipe for me to finally do it with! Thanks!

Regan - The Professional Palate said...

Sadly, I did grow up on the fake stuff and it wasn't til I was an adult that I saw what I'd been missing. My kids never get the fake stuff.... and we eat pancakes with real maple syrup at least once a week ;-)