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
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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.
Benefits of Maple
Based on Research by the Canadian Nutrient File (Health Canada), maple syrups's nutritional value is superior to other common sweateners, such as honey, sugar, and even brown sugar.