Thursday, January 21, 2021

Maple Cherry Granola #recipe @lucyburdette

 LUCY BURDETTEFor Thanksgiving this year I ordered a big container of pure maple sugar for Melissa Clark’s Maple Ginger Pecan Galette. (Which was delicious by the way! And I don’t even like pecan pie all that much.) Anyway, I am left with a large quantity of the maple sugar and I intend to work my way through it. I’ve made granola for a number of years, but the recipe I’ve used had quite a bit of salt and sweetener in it. This time I updated the recipe using maple sugar for a little burst of flavor, applesauce instead of some of the sugar, and no salt. This version tasted quite delicious and I offer it to you.


5 cups rolled oats

2 cups slivered almonds

2 cups broken pecan pieces

1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup maple sugar

1/2 cup maple syrup (use the real stuff!)

1/4 cup vegetable oil (I used canola)

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup dried cherries or raisins 

Preheat the oven to 300. Mix oats, almonds, pecans, sugar, and coconut in a bowl. Combine syrup, oil and applesauce, and then mix into the grains and nuts. Spread the uncooked granola on baking trays. Bake for an hour and fifteen minutes, stopping every 15 minutes to stir the mixture so it browns evenly. Cool and add cherries. Store in an airtight container, but don't expect it to last very long. It also freezes well. Serve with milk or yogurt and fruit.

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  1. Thank you for the recipe for Maple Cherry Granola. Sounds yummy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. Lovely. Another taste winner.
    I actually know of people who don't like real maple syrup. They want the fake stuff! Poor misguided tastebuds!

  3. Maple syrup is my favorite vitamin. This recipe looks fantastic. Thanks for brightening the day, Roberta/Lucy! Hugs. MJ