It’s maple syrup season in Vermont. So, catch the spirit of the season with this delicious and easy recipe for maple granola. It’s the perfect breakfast or snack.
Maple Syrup: A Superfood?
Maple syrup is a “superfood.”
Tests on the syrup found that it contains compounds which could help manage Type 2 diabetes, as well as acting as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents. It does contain higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals than white table sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Researchers also found that many of the antioxidant compounds, which prevent the oxidation and aging of the body’s cells, aren’t found in other natural sweeteners.
If you are looking for sugar alternatives, maple syrup is a good one. But, of course, us it sparingly to maintain a healthy diet!
Go Local When You Buy Maple Syrup
Maple syrup and maple syrup products are the pride and joy of the Vermont economy. So, when you add maple to your grocery cart, choose a local option. You can learn all about your choices by visiting the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers website.
Maple Granola: Recipe for Health
- 2Tbsppure maple syrup
- 1Tbspcanola oil
- 1cuprolled oats
- 1/4cupchopped pecans
- 1 1/2tspground cinnamon
- 1/8tspkosher salt
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine maple syrup, oil and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in oat, pecans, cinnamon and salt until evenly combined. Evenly spread out onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the granola, stirring halfway through, until golden, 10 to 15 min- utes. Let cool completely before storing.