Our featured recipe of December, Festive Maple Granola, is sweetened with pure maple syrup from Canada and makes a great gift for the health-minded friends on your holiday list!

Festive Maple Granola

Maple syrup and colorful dried fruit add a festive note to this granola, which is both low in fat and high in carbohydrates to fuel your body for any type of activity. Plus, it makes a great gift for the fitness buffs on your holiday list!

yield: 7 cups
ingredients
instructions

Ingredients

1/2 cup pure maple syrup from Canada, divided
1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc.)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups dried fruit (apples, apricots, dates, raisins, cranberries, cherries, etc.)
 

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Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or foil. In a cup, combine 1/4 cup of the maple syrup, the apple juice and oil. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts and cinnamon. Add the maple syrup mixture and stir well to coat all the ingredients. Divide equally between the 2 baking sheets and spread evenly. Bake 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until the granola is fragrant and golden. Remove from the oven and pour the granola back into the large bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup maple syrup and the dried fruit; mix well. Allow to cool completely; the granola will crisp as it cools. Store in an airtight container.

 
Pure Maple Syrup
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy
maple recipes
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy flavors.
maple recipes
The natural sweetener offers a variety of flavor components, including; nutty, vanilla, coffee, floral and spicy flavors.floral and spicy flavors.