I've been making homemade granola since the 1970's when I was literally a granola-munching (and vegetarian) college student. Over the years, my granola recipe has evolved, but now it's settled quite nicely into this maple-orange version. And I eat a lot of this stuff--almost every morning, in fact--with yogurt and fruit.
I'm posting the recipe now because I think granola is a tasty and healthy food gift for the holidays--an alternative to all the sweets and other rich food. Just pack it up into a pretty container or wrap it up in some decorative cellophane. You could include the recipe on a hand-written recipe card.
You can go directly to the printable recipe--or I'll show you how to make it step-by-step...
~ Preheat oven to 275° F. ~
...2 to 3 cups coarsely chopped walnuts...
... and 1/4 cup dried orange peel. Dried orange peel can be hard to find; we purchase ours at Whole Foods in the bulk section.
Stir the dry ingredients together thoroughly.
Into a 4-cup measuring cup, add 1/3 cup canola oil...
...2/3 cup maple syrup...
...1 teaspoon cinnamon...
...and 2 teaspoons orange flavor. We use the Simply Organic brand that is available at our Food Coop.
Stir to combine liquid ingredients.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry...
Transfer to a 9" by 13" pan.
~ Bake at 275° F for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. ~
- If you can't find dried orange peel and orange flavoring, add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract to the wet ingredients instead.
- Mix in 2 cups of dried cranberries to the baked granola--festive for holiday eating and giving.
- My morning breakfast is 3/4 cup non-fat yogurt, 3/4 cup frozen mixed berries (thawed in the microwave for 30 seconds), 2 teaspoons maple syrup, and 1/3 cup Maple-Orange Granola.
- Sprinkle granola on top of muffins before baking (takes about 3/4 cup granola per dozen of muffins). A great alternative to a streusel topping.
- Substitute granola for chopped nuts in cookie recipes.
Maple-Orange GranolaMakes about 12 cups.
6 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick-cooking or instant)
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup toasted (unsalted, unflavored) soy nuts
2-3 cups walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dried orange peel
1/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon orange flavor (we use Simply Organic brand)
Preheat oven to 275° F. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a 4-cup measure, combine wet ingredients. Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir to combine thoroughly. Transfer to a 9" by 13" pan. Bake at 275° F. for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
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