Do you ever have the feeling that something is just too good to be true? Have you ever felt like a "Doubting Thomas"; like something couldn't possibly be as good as it's made out to be, unless, of course, you experienced it yourself? That's exactly how I felt last week when I saw this recipe for Maple Toasted Almonds and Oats. Really? Just three simple ingredients could be that good? Mary's from Barefeet in the Kitchen shared this dressed-down granola recipe. Oats, almonds and maple syrup. Stir it together in less than two minutes. Simple, delicious and healthy was how she described it.
Enticed, I had to try it myself and see if just-too-good-to-be true could really be true. Guess what? I'm a believer! Not only can you whip it up in less than two minutes, it takes less than twenty minutes to bake. A few minutes to cool and in under a half-hour, you've got a crunchy, delicious, super healthy topping for yogurt, fresh fruit, oatmeal or ice cream.
I changed the proportions just a bit to suit our taste; I increased the almonds for more flavor and protein and added a bit of additional maple syrup to give extra sweetness. For a flavor boost, I threw in a some vanilla and a generous pinch of sea salt. I made a double batch and bagged it up in quarter cup servings to help with portion control (it's quite addictive and otherwise I find myself going back for more a few too many times).
I know you're probably thinking this is just too good to be true. You're probably being a bit of a "Doubting Thomas", right? See, I've got your number! Looks like you're going to have to give this a whirl yourself; just to make sure I'm not pulling your leg. You probably have all the ingredients just waiting to go and I'm quite certain if you have twenty to thirty minutes to spare, you won't be disappointed!
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Stir together all ingredients to coat thoroughly. Spread across the parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Stir well and redistribute the mixture evenly then bake for another 5-8 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Let cool completely before transferring to an airtight container. Use as a topping on yogurt or fresh fruit, oatmeal or for a quick, healthy snack.