Mmmmm....mmmm...mmm...mm! I am proud to say that I have created some fabulous granola! And, guess what?! I'm actually willing to share the recipe!
Maple Almond Granola with Figs
1/4 cp. Rapadura (or sucanat or brown sugar)
1/2 cp. pure maple syrup
2 TB molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cp. almond butter (or peanut butter)
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
4 cps. old fashioned organic oats
1 cp. almonds, coarsely chopped
1/4 cp. flax seeds or flax meal
1/4 cp. sunflower seeds (or sesame seeds)
1/4 cp. shelled pumpkin seeds
1/4+ cp. unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cp. chopped dried figs
Preheat oven at 325 degrees F. Mix all dry,
oats -coconut, except the figs together in a large bowl.
Stir the sugar through allspice in a small saucepan over low heat until all is dissolved and mixed smoothly together.
Mix the wet in with the dry, until all is fully coated.
Spread mixture on a baking sheet that is prepared with either butter or coconut oil. I usually need two baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Now add in the figs and bake for another 5 minutes.
You can use any dried fruit and nuts you have on hand. I had figs this week and discovered how much I love them - and they're a fun different treat from raisins or cranberries.
I am going to turn this recipe into granola bars this week, as well. I am just going to pack all the granola tightly into the baking sheets that are lined w/parchment paper...pressing down until it is firmly packed together. I will still bake for about 15 minutes or less, without stirring. Then, I am going to pull it out and gently lift the parchment paper which is holding the granola and place it on a cooling rack to let it fully cool. Then, with a very sharp large knife, I will attempt to cut it into bars. I will post back to let you know if it worked!