Granola {Oil Free}

Hi, Everyone!

This is my very first blog post! so here goes! 😀

So the past few days I’ve been having the itch to make granola but didn’t want it to have all that added oil, and processed sugars that store bought granola has in it, and I don’t know if you’re like me or not, but in my book, granola isn’t even granola unless it has those amazing clusters of goldeny goodness in it! but I thought that in order to get those coveted clusters, you had to add oil!! Not so, though!…. I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought I would give it a whirl! with my own little tweaks here and there. 😉
Instead of using brown sugar though I substituted it with pure maple syrup—best thing ever!!! and then here’s how you get those wonderful golden clusters…. once you have transferred your granola to the pan, squish it between your fingers, and then don’t touch it until it’s done! I know it sounds gross! But trust me it works! 😀

Granola {Oil Free}

Ingredients:
4 cups Whole Oats (don’t use quick oats!)
1 cup halved or sliced almonds
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp. water
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup of dried berries (I used cranberries, but you could use raisins, dried blueberries, or even a combination!) *optional

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss the oats and almonds. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan combine maple syrup, honey, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and then while continuing to stir, let it boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, add vanilla and baking soda, and stir till it gets foamy or about 10 seconds.
Pour the sugar mixture over the oat mixture, and stir until evenly coated.
Spread mixture evenly on a baking sheet (don’t forget to squish it!) and bake for 36-40 minutes.
Remove from oven, and toss in dried berries, and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

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