Gluten Free Granola

Submitted by Joan S.

  • 2/3 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbls ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1 cup almonds, coursely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup Sunsweet Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar

Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven; preheat to 325°F. Coat 2 large baking sheets with sides with cooking spray.

Whisk maple syrup, apple juice concentrate, brown sugar and oil in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and salt.

Mix oats, flax, nuts, sunflower seeds, and pepitas in a large bowl. Stir in the warmed syrup mixture; toss to coat. Spread the granola evenly on the prepared baking sheets.

Bake the granola for 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. Reverse sheets top to bottom and back to front. Continue baking until lightly browned and aromatic, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes more. Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks; stir ½ cup dried fruit into the granola on each sheet. Let cool completely.

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