maple brown sugar granola

the best granola i’ve made to date.  {the pecans taste like pecan pie!}

making your own granola is one of the simplest ways to save $$ on your weekday breakfasts.  just by making a small investment on the ingredients, that will last you several batches, and making this super simple recipe, you’ll see that you’ve been had if you’ve ever picked up one of those tiny bags of granola for $5 at the grocery store.

this technique is easy, fairly quick & completely customizable, since you can swap out dry ingredients depending on what you like or don’t like.

win.

based on the technique from two peas and their pod (makes about 6 cups)

4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups pecan halves
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla

1.  preheat the oven to 300°.  spray 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.  in a large bowl, mix together the oats, pecans, flax, salt, cinnamon & brown sugar.

2.  in a small separate bowl, whisk together maple syrup, canola oil, agave nectar & vanilla.  pour over the dry ingredients & mix well.  your hands will work best.

3.  spread the granola evenly over the prepared baking sheets.  bake for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the mixture is nice & golden brown.  i like mine fairly dark, so i leave it in closer to 30 minutes.  let cool & store in an airtight container, it stays fresh for about 2 weeks.

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