Maple Almond Butter Granola

I like granola. A lot. I know it’s generally fattening and a little goes a long way…But I like it. I like it as a cereal, I like to grab handfuls as a quick snack, and I like it on top of (atop of?) yogurt.

To go alongside the Homemade Yogurt I made over the weekend, I also made some Maple Almond Butter Granola.

Maple Almond Butter Granola
I normally would make my granola with walnuts, just because I like them a lot, but as they’re one of those things I’m supposed to avoid taking too close to my levothyroxine, I went with almonds instead. That, and I used almond butter as a binder, so I figured I’d just keep the extra almond-flavoring boost.

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It is delicious! And gives some bulk to the yogurt.

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Or it can be eaten just as cereal. And I’m pretty sure it’s not going to last long.

Yield: 12-18

Maple Almond Butter Granola

Maple Almond Butter Granola
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 C old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C almond butter
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C ground flax seed
  • 3/4 C whole almonds

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the almond butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla until smooth.

Stir in the oats, almonds and flax seed, until well-combined.

Spread the granola onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes or so. Remove and let cool completely.

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I kind of wish I’d been able to make a double batch–I ran out of oats, though.

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In other news, the bambino starts kindergarten tomorrow. I have been ultra-weepy and crying at the drop of a hat. He’s more than ready, but I’m not. I know, we all go through it, and he’ll be just fine…It’s just a huge step for him and school is much scarier than daycare. I plan to spend the day baking, so I don’t spend the day fretting.