Making good use of the maple syrup season

I felt compelled to come up with a recipe using maple syrup this week because this weekend is the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. My favourite ways to eat maple syrup do not require a recipe: Take a slice of homemade bread and spread with maple syrup. Then add a thick layer of crunchy peanut butter and slice a banana on top. Yum!

Mom always made a batch of doughnuts in maple syrup season; she did not glaze them because we dipped them into fresh maple syrup.

This granola recipe is a delicious spring treat and healthy, too. It is made with coconut oil, which seems to be good for whatever ails you. It is so good you will want to eat it as a snack.

Happy maple syrup weekend!

Maple Syrup Granola

  • 5 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

In another bowl, mix maple syrup, coconut oil, almond extract and vanilla.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Pour into a greased roast pan or baking pan with sides. Spread evenly.

Bake at 300º F for approximately 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

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