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One of our favorite easy breakfasts is granola with yogurt. I’m not a mom that likes to whip up big hot breakfasts in the morning, but I, of course, want healthy and quick choices that make us all happy. Thankfully my kids LOVE granola and yogurt so I decided to try my hand at making homemade granola.
This easy maple granola is so simple to make and has a lot of fun textures and flavors thanks to the maple syrup, walnuts, Honey Nut Cheerios™, golden raisins and dried cranberries! It makes the perfect yogurt topping, but is also amazing sprinkled on pancakes (we love these oatmeal pancakes!), or topping a delicious smoothie (like this peach pie smoothie bowl!).
I love that I can spend a few minutes making this granola and then we can enjoy it as a healthy topping or cereal for weeks! Just store in an airtight container and you are good to go!
Here’s the recipe:
Easy Maple Granola
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup flax meal
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup honey nut cheerios
- ½ cup golden raisins
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- In small saucepan melt butter.
- Mix in syrup, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and almond extract until ingredients are dissolved. Remove from heat.
- In separate bowl mix oats and flax meal and walnuts.
- Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir.
- Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet at 275 for 30 mins.
- Remove and stir in cheerios, raisins and dried cranberries. Bake for another 15 mins.
- Cool and store in an airtight container.
I love that this recipe uses Honey Nut Cheerios for a fun added crunch AND I love that we can collect Box Tops for Education to help our local schools and students while enjoying one of our favorite cereals! Even though our own kids aren’t in school yet, we like to collect box tops to support our local schools and participate in our community. I think it’s an important buy-in for our family and just another (really easy!) way to give back where we live, work and play!
Recently I was at Walmart and along with picking up some Cheerios I also picked up a Yoplait® Original Fridge Pack, Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks, Nature Valley™ Oats N Honey Granola Bars, Pillsbury™ Toaster Strudel™, and Annie’s™ Graham Bunnies–all products we love and which also have Box Tops!
While you can totally go old school with the clip and save method of saving Box Tops there is now an app, the Box Top Bonus App you can use too! Right now you can purchase 5 participating items and scan receipt with Box Tops Bonus App to Earn $5 (50 Bonus Box Tops) for your school of choice! (Offer available through 1/31/18) You can get the app on Itunes and Google Play.
Using the app is a BONUS for your school so by finding offers on the app, scanning in your receipt, you can watch your earnings stack up for your school! You get to do both the app and the on-box Box Top which is awesome!
I’m a big fan of when I can create something good for my family to enjoy and create some good in my community. This easy maple granola definitely fits the bill!
Do you collect Box Tops for a school in your community?