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Big Cluster Maple Granola

A big hit because of the relatively low sugar and the egg whites that create clusters.

Prep
Cook
Serves 8people
Ingredients
3
cups (240 gr) old-fashioned rolled oats
1
cup (50 gr) unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut
1
cup (100 gr) walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/4
cup (25 gr) toasted wheat germ
2
tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
1/2
tsp coarse salt
1/2
cup (120 ml; or increase to a cup if a sweeter granola is preferred) maple syrup
1/4
tsp ground cinnamon
1
large egg white
1 1/2
cups (215 gr) dried cherries or another dried fruit, diced if large pieces
Directions
1.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Combine all ingredients but the egg white and dried fruit in a large bowl, tossing to coat evenly. Whisk the egg white in a small bowl until frothy. Stir into the granola mixture, distributing it throughout. Spread it in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
2.
Bake for 45 to 55 minutes. About halfway through the baking time, use a large spatula to turn over sections of the granola carefully, breaking them up as little as possible. Rotate the pan if granola is baking unevenly. When it is evenly browned and feels dry to the touch, transfer the pan from the oven to the cooling rack. Cool completely. Once it’s completely cool, break up granola into whatever size clusters delight you. Sprinkle in dried fruit.
3.
The granola keeps at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 weeks. It keeps even longer in the freezer, if you’re the stockpiling type.

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