Maple-Almond Granola with Dried Fruit

Maple-Almond Granola with Dried Cranberries and Apricots by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

I am a self-proclaimed snackaholic. I rarely, if ever, abide by the three-meals-a-day mantra. Unless a meal is so ridiculously filling that I end up eating only twice due to being completely stuffed, I always snack between meals. Sometimes I snack as a meal. My Chief Culinary Consultant and I recently purchased a treadmill for our basement, which I have been putting to great use. The problem I encounter, however, is that when I am done I’m still a little too sweaty to jump straight into the shower and I’m almost always starving. After days of grabbing some really random things before taking a shower, I decided to make a big batch of granola so that I could grab a handful or two to keep my hunger at bay until I get out of the shower and can eat a “real” meal.

I wanted a crunchy granola that I could break into big chunks. I finally discovered the granola recipe that I’ve been after for so long, and I might just eat the entire container in a couple day’s time.

Maple-Almond Granola with Dried Cranberries and Apricots by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

First and foremost, I absolutely love the maple flavor of this granola. It’s not overpowering, but it’s certainly noticeable and is a perfect complement to the oats, almonds and dried fruit. I loved the idea of baking the almonds right into the oats so that they would adhere to the oats and become toasted as well. You can use whatever type of dried fruit that you like, but for a basic granola recipe, I typically default to dried cranberries and apricots. However, you can use any combination that you like.

I’m thrilled to have a homemade snack that I can easily grab by the fistful when I need a little something to tide me over until my next meal. It’s also perfect for throwing in a baggie and into my purse. You know, for any random time that I’m away from home and starving. It’s not a pretty sight ;-)

Maple-Almond Granola with Dried Cranberries and Apricots by @browneyedbaker :: www.browneyedbaker.com

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Maple-Almond Granola with Dried Fruit

Yield: About 9 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

An easy recipe for maple-flavored granola loaded with almonds, dried cranberries and dried apricots.

Ingredients:

⅓ cup pure maple syrup
⅓ cup light brown sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable oil
5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups whole raw almonds, coarsely chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped dried apricots

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk in the vegetable oil to combine. Add the oats and almonds and fold the mixture together with a rubber spatula until all of the oats and almonds are thoroughly coated.

3. Turn the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread into a thin, even layer. Using a stiff metal spatula, compress the oat mixture until very compact.

4. Bake until the top is lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking. Remove the granola from the oven and let cool on a wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Break the cooled granola into pieces as large or as small as you like. Stir in the dried cranberries and dried apricots. The granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

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39 Responses to “Maple-Almond Granola with Dried Fruit”

  1. Olivia at ohmy Olivia on October 7, 2013 at 1:01 am

    This looks SO tasty! And a good dorm room snack too! xo

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  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 7, 2013 at 1:53 am

    I’m a snacker, too. Snacks as meals, yep. And crunchy snacks with tons of textures and various flavors – this is totally my kinda snack. And maple in granola is heavenly!

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  3. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on October 7, 2013 at 2:12 am

    I love snacks…I snack all day long. I NEED to make this! Buying granola can get pretty expensive and my husband goes through so much of it each week. He’d love this!

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  4. ThisBakerGirlBlogs on October 7, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I’m a snackaholic too and this would be perfect to keep me going till my next meal. I love all things maple and this looks delicious :)

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  5. Becca @ Crumbs on October 7, 2013 at 3:15 am

    I LOVE the look of this! I’ve been searching for a great granola recipe without loads and loads of ingredients and I think I have definitely found it now – thanks!

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  6. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker on October 7, 2013 at 5:33 am

    I love granola and the colours in this granola so pretty and autumnal

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  7. Laura on October 7, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Love new granola recipes :)

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  8. Johlene on October 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

    This looks really appetixing and the best is that it´s healthy!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Johlene
    Flavours&Frosting
    Xx

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  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on October 7, 2013 at 7:18 am

    This looks truly perfect – I love granola!

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  10. marie @ little kitchie on October 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Looks like a delicious snack!

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  11. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on October 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    I’m a horrible snacker! I could skip meals and just snack! sigh!!! :) I LOVE your granola! It’s the perfect afternoon pick me up!!

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  12. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction on October 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Maple is one of my favorite flavors in the fall! Love that you put it in one of my favorite snacks!

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  13. Lisa on October 7, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I’m addicted to this recipe, I love it. After making it several times, I’ve cut the oateal down to 4 1/2 cups, I like it a a bit more chunky. I sprinkle it over yogurt almost every morning, awesome breakfast.

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  14. Vicki @ WITK on October 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love making granola at home! This looks so good with its big crunchy bits!

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  15. Marcie @ flavor the moments on October 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I’ve been in a granola mood, so now I really am. This looks so delicious! It would be a nice break from my morning oatmeal.

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  16. SF on October 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I will try it with coconut oil instead of veggie oil.

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  17. Heather on October 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I also tend to prefer snacks to meals, so this looks amazing!

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  18. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on October 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I love snacks so this granola looks like it would hit the right spot!

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  19. Marnie on October 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Mine is in the oven right now! (but I’m using pecans, not almonds)

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  20. Maggie @Maggiecooks on October 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This is what i’d like to have for breakfast every morning!!!

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  21. Laura Dembowski on October 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I’m not a snacker, but granola is my favorite breakfast. Love granola you can break into chunks. Can’t wait to try this!

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  22. The Twilight Chef on October 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    This looks great – can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Tracey on October 7, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I’m the same way, always snacking! This granola is definitely a much healthier choice than my recent go-tos (mostly Oreos) :)

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  24. Paula on October 7, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    You and I appear to have the same eating habits! This granola looks so crunchy and tasty. I wish I had a jar of it right now, it would be my midnight snack in about 25 minutes!

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  25. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on October 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

    I’m a snacker too, I’d absolutely reach for this granola!

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  26. Beth on October 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This looks SO GOOD! Will definitely have to introduce the italians to granola!

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  27. Bake Play Smile on October 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    I love making granola! I’m looking forward to trying it out! :-) Yummmo

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  28. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on October 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Love granola for both snacking and breakfast. Recently posted my pumpkin granola using Pecan Pumpkin Butter by Muirhead (sold thru Williams-Sonoma). I could eat granola daily! Love it in chilled almond milk and I cannot wait to try your recipe, Michelle. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Lorr on October 9, 2013 at 12:12 am

    As a person who is not very fond of maple flavor, would another flavored syrup work in this recipe?

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    • Michelle on October 11th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Lorr, I would probably try substituting honey.

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  30. Tracey on October 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Tangerine! It’s so awesome. And I’d make the dairy-free pumpkin roll that my husband thought he’d never get to have again (developed a dairy allergy, poor thing).

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  31. Mini Sanabria on October 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I must tell you, I made it yesterday and never thought it was going to be this good. Now my kids are addicted to it, alrhough they requested chocolate chips and cranberries. I don’t care about the chocolate, I use a little bit less than a 1/2 cup of the tiny ones and added lots of dried cherries and cranberries. My whole family love it! Thank you for the recipe.

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  32. Mini Sanabria on October 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    I just made it yesterday, and is the best granola ever! My kids loves it, although they requested chocolate chips instead of nuts, due to nut allergies at their school, so I added the very small kind plus lots or dried cherries and cranberries. They love the combination! I can’t have enough with my homemade yogurt. Please keep posting t jus awesome yet simple recipes.

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  33. Hannah on October 20, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I made this with honey instead of maple syrup and cut down the oats to 4 1/2 cups. It was sooooo good! This is the perfect recipe I’ve been looking for. Thank you so much for posting. I actually cut half of the recipe into bars which worked wonderfully.

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  34. Bethany on November 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Wow! I followed it exactly and love it!!! I might add coconut flakes and chchips. Next time. Thanks!

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  35. Maryann on February 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    This is hands down the BEST granola I’ve ever had, let alone made! Thanks so much – I don’t think I’ll ever buy from the store again.

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  36. Amy on February 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I’m curious what you mean by rotate in the oven–just turn the pan around 180? I can usually follow recipes just fine–just wanted to make sure I understood!

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    • Michelle on February 28th, 2014 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Amy, Yes, you’re correct – turn the pan around 180 degrees.

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  37. Regina on March 19, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Hi, jus made these awesome granola with walnuts, cranberries & apricots. They are just lovely and delicious! Thanks for the wonderful recipe ;-))

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