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Author Notes: A simple granola studded with pecans and dried cranberries. It's sweet, but not too sweet - it's excellent served with milk, yogurt, or as a topping for ice cream or frozen yogurt. —Kelci Hedrick
Makes: 5 cups
cups raw old fashioned oats
cups raw pecan halves or pieces
cup shredded sweetened coconut
cup dried cranberries
tablespoons neutral flavored oil
cup dark amber maple syrup
tablespoons dark brown sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, stir together oats and pecans.
- In a small bowl, mix together oil, maple syrup, brown sugar (if using), vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour over oats and pecans and stir until everything is lightly coated.
- Transfer oats and pecans to a half sheet pan lined with parchment and bake for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 25 minutes, rotate the sheet pan and stir in the shredded coconut. Bake for another 7-10 minutes or until everything is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and let mixture cool thoroughly to room temp. Stir in dried cranberries, and transfer to an airtight container or serve immediately. Keeps for about a week.