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Maple Granola

We've collected gallons and gallons of sap, watched it boil for hours and hours, filtered it and filtered it.... and filtered it again. It's all shades of amber, and a clear glisten comes from each bottle. A sweet treat almost as good as honey! It's the finished bottle of maple syrup!

Thankfully, we did all the lifting, and work to get you the best syrup we can possibly present, fire boiled and oh so delicious. Maybe you've picked up a bottle and are wondering if you can use it on something other than pancakes, coffee, or sneaking swigs straight from the bottle while no one is looking. (It's ok, we all do it!) Well, this one is for you. Here's a great way to keep your granola as natural as possible!

Here's what you'll need:

6 cups of rolled oats

3 cups chopped raw nuts or seeds

1 1/4 cup of maple syrup

1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup water

2 egg whites (we used 1 full egg instead)

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup of oil of choice

2 tsp of salt

2 cups of dried fruits

Directions: Preheat oven to 300 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl mix all ingredients until well combined. Pour mixture onto prepared sheets and press to flatten. Bake for 20 minutes and flip large sections using a spatula. Return to oven for addition 20 - 30 minutes or until granola is dried and lightly golden.

Note: The more you flip the granola, the less chunky it will finish.

Once dried and golden, remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Once cooled, break to desired size. Store in an air tight container at room temperature to keep fresh for several weeks.

Not sure what fruit or nuts to use? Try almond, walnut, cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds. For fruit, grab some dried raisins, cranberries, apricots, apple, mango and berries. Add some coconut for a tropical flare.

Incorporate this into your diet with a splash of yogurt for a healthy breakfast. Take a bag along with you for a walk in the woods. Let us know how you enjoy your granola!

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