Maple Almond Granola with Dried Fruit


Cook’s Illustrated is one of our favorite magazines, so when we saw a recipe for almond granola, we had to make it. Our favorite granola is chunky and has lots of moist fruit, and this recipe, first developed and tested by Adam Reid, really fits the bill. And, it’s so ridiculously easy, there is no reason you should ever buy granola from the store again.

Granola Ingredients
Granola Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 325.

In a large bowl, mix 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 4 tsp vanilla extra and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix in 1/2 cup vegetable oil.

Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and salt
Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and salt

Fold in 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats and 2 cups raw, coarsely chopped almonds.

Fold in oats and almonds
Fold in oats and almonds

Spread the oats on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, in an even layer. Press them down firmly with a metal spatula. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until they’re brown. Rotate the pan once, halfway through.

Press Firmly Into the Pan
Press Firmly Into the Pan

Remove pan and cool on a wire rack until it reaches room temperature (about an hour). Then break the granola into bite size chunks and stir in 2 cups of chopped up dried fruit. (We used a mix of dried apricots, currants and dried cherries, leftover from making stollen.)

Break the Granola Up Into Chunks
Break the Granola Up Into Chunks
Mix in Two Cups of Dried Fruit
Mix in Two Cups of Dried Fruit

The granola will keep in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Store in an Airtight Container (Gift Idea!!)
Store in an Airtight Container (Gift Idea!!)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups raw almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups chopped dried fruit

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3 thoughts on “Maple Almond Granola with Dried Fruit”

  1. Rosie made this yesterday. It was her first recipe all on her own. She is so proud! And it is so good! Photos and vidéos to come!

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