Trail Treats: Fall Flavored Granola Recipe

Need a healthy and yummy snack for the trail? This granola is easy to make and everybody loves it. I eat variations on this granola most mornings with some greek yogurt and that keeps me full for hiking, running, cutting down trees, picking daisies, or whatever it is I’m doing that day. Also some homemade granola in a nice jar makes a good gift. Follow this easy recipe for some great trail treats for your next hike. Trail treats fall flavor granola to take on a hike- with maple syrup, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon, and more The recipe is vegan and can be gluten free if you use rolled oats that are certified as gluten free. For those with only mild gluten intolerances regular rolled oats usually only contain trace amounts of gluten, so they shouldn’t bother you. Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted/liquefied)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (DO NOT use quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup pepitas (no shell pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 cup whole almonds coarsely chopped (raw is preferable)
  • 2 cups dried cranberries (optional- raisins or other dried fruit works too)
Directions 1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. (If using aluminum foil or using nothing, use an extra dab of coconut oil to grease up the pan or foil) 2. Mix maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, allspice, coconut oil, and vegetable oil in large bowl. 3. Chop almonds coarsely (I used a food processor). Fold almonds, oats, and flax seed into maple syrup mix until thoroughly coated. 4. Move oat mixture to prepared pan and spread into a thin, even layer, around 1 inch thick. Compress mixture with a spatula until compact- this is really important if you want chunks and clusters of granola. 5. Bake until lightly browned, rotating pan halfway through, for about 40 to 45 minutes. 6. Remove pan from oven and let it cool to room temperature for 1 hour (or longer, mmm maple smell). 7. Break granola into pieces and stir in cranberries or other dried fruit. This can be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks, (can be frozen for 6 months).   Now it’s time to find a hike to take your granola on, like to Caribou Ranch Open Space in Nederland, Colorado, pictured below. Caribou Ranch Open Space in Nederland Colorado in fall. Take your trail treats fall granola on a hike to a beautiful location after you use this recipe