Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cinnamon Maple Granola Clusters

I'm addicted to making granola! It's so fun because it's easy to make any flavor you want. This method is awesome because it gives you big clusters of granola that are great for snacking.

Cinnamon Maple Granola

1/3 c. pure maple syrup
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. melted coconut butter, coconut oil, or canola oil
1 T. honey
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
3 c. old fashioned oats
1/2 c. ground flaxseed
1/4 c. wheat germ
1 & 1/2 t. cinnamon

Heat oven to 325 F. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut butter (or oil), and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds or until warm and melty. Stir in vanilla and salt.
 Add remaining ingredients.
 Stir well.
 Line a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with parchment or foil. Grease with cooking spray. Gently press granola into pan.
 Bake for about 30 minutes (check at 20 minutes and watch carefully so it doesn't burn). Remove from oven and let cool. When it's cool enough to handle, break into large clusters.
 Store granola in an airtight container.
Granola is such a great breakfast or an easy, portable snack. Plus, my kids all love it so I'm a pretty happy mama. Enjoy!