Candied Nut And Fruit Granola

I love Granola. You can make awesome yogurt and granola parfait for breakfast, eat it for snack or a great pick me when your on a hike. This is one of my versions of this great good for you pick me up snack. It stores really well and keeps for a while if tightly covered in a jar or airtight container. I make a big batch of it for the week.

 

For the Candied Nuts:

1/2 c. Sunflower Seeds

1 c. Sugar

1/8 Tsp. Cream of tartar

1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon

2 1/2 tbsp. Water

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

 

For the Granola:

Non-stick Cooking spray

1/3 c. Maple Syrup

2/3 c. Brown Sugar

1/2 c. Orange Juice ( fresh)

1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1 c. Cranberries ( dried)

3/4 C. Apricots (dried and Chopped)

4 c. Rolled Oats ( old-fashioned)

 

(1.) In a sauce pan with high sides add the sugar,cream of tartar, cinnamon and the water.Bring to a boil and cook until soft ball stage. It is between 100 and 115 degrees on a candy thermometer. About 10 minutes or so. Add the Vanilla and the Nuts and stir together with a wooden spoon. Pour on to a greased sheet pan evenly and let cool completely. About 1 hour. Break apart and set aside.

(2,) In a sauce pan combine the Maple Syrup, Brown Sugar, orange Juice and Cinnamon. Stir to combine and let cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Set Aside.

(3.) In a large bowl combine the Oats, Salt, sugar mixture and the nuts. Pour onto a greased sheet pan evenly. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 325*.

(4.) remove from oven and add the Dried fruit and toss to combine.Spread in an even layer and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and toss with a spatula again and let cool completely. About 1 to 2 hours. Store in an airtight container up to 1 month.

I like adding in about 1/2 c of chocolate chips after they are completely cooled so the chips do not melt.

This also travels well if your on the go and need a snack.

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