You can vary the spices and/or dried fruits and nuts.
Use certified GF oats for a gluten-free option.
- 3 cups oats (I like to use traditional/old-fashioned and GF if I find)
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 Tbs dark brown sugar
- Pinch of sea salt
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries and/or raisins
- Fresh fruit and milk (I like almond, to serve)
- Preheat oven to 300ºF / 120ºC.
- In a large bowl mix oats, almonds, coconut if using, salt, zest and cinnamon.
- In a small saucepan, heat olive oil, maple syrup and sugar just until dissolved, it doesn’t need to boil.
- Add at once to the oat mixture and mix well with a fork or spoon, making sure it coats everything.
- Spread on a baking sheet (preferably with 1-2 inch borders) and bake for 1 hour or so, moving it every 15 minutes, so it bakes evenly.
- It will feel wet, but after an hour it will be golden, and some parts will be dried.
- You can add the dried fruit during the last 5 minutes, but I like to add it when I take it out of the oven. Why? Because too much baking and it dries too much, sometimes gets bitter. And also, the interesting part is to coat it in the maple/oil mixture, but that means you have to bake it an hour, and they will not taste good, in my opinion.
- Take it out, add the dried fruit, and let it cool, moving it around at first so it doesn’t clump too much. Some clumping is good, in my opinion.
- Keep in jars with tight lids.
- Serve with fresh fruit, milk and more maple syrup if you want.
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