Who loves maple syrup? We do! Vermonters have been harvesting maple for hundreds of year. Syrup is made by boiling sap into a concentrated form. You can use it to top pancakes or waffles, mix into a salad dressing, or create a simple glaze for roasted vegetables.
Recently, maple syrup was named 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.
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. So, the next time you make a cup of joe, add some maple syrup to sweeten it.
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- 4 1/2cupscups old fashioned oats
- 1/4cupdried apple slices
- 2tspground cinnamon
- 1/2cupvegetable oil
- 1/2cupmaple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- Combine all dry ingredients, except dried fruit, and stir until everything is well distributed. Add oil first and then liquid sweetener, and stir until well combined.
- Pour out onto a large rimmed cookie sheet and place in oven. Bake for a total of about 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes.
- Granola is done when it is browned and crispy. Remove from the oven. Mix in dried fruit.