Someone shared this recipe with me and I adjusted it to my and my family's liking. It's easy to make and provides a nice snack option than the other items that seem to fill up my pantry!

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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

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  • Stir the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon together in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Meanwhile, combine the rolled oats, pecans, almonds, raisins, cranberries, and sunflower seeds in a large mixing bowl. Pour the hot maple syrup over top, and stir until evenly mixed. Spread onto prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, scrape onto a cold baking sheet, and cool to room temperature. Break into clumps and stir in the chocolate covered peanuts once cool.

Cook's Notes

You can substitute many of the ingredients if you'd like. I tried many combinations before settling on this one. Here are some suggestions:

Use golden raisins instead of red raisins (the taste is similar, but the golden raisins add a nice color). Substitute peeled hazelnuts for pecans. Substitute shelled pumpkin seeds for sunflower kernels. Use 1 cup of almonds, 1 cup of honey-roasted peanuts and 1 cup of regular M&M's(R). Substitute other types of sweets for the M&M's(R), such as chocolate covered pretzels or Reese's(R) Pieces.

Nutrition Facts

229.8 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 23.8g 8% DV; fat 14.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 0.7mg; sodium 5mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2011
Man this stuff is good! However I modified it a bit because it was just too "wet" as written. I make the sauce as directed but I use 1&1/2 times the amount of all the other ingredients. I bake it at 400 degrees for about 25-30 minutes and that makes it just right for our tastes. I have since experimented with different dried fruit blends (tropical etc) with equal success. It's a healthy snack staple in our house! Read More
(11)
6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/20/2011
Man this stuff is good! However I modified it a bit because it was just too "wet" as written. I make the sauce as directed but I use 1&1/2 times the amount of all the other ingredients. I bake it at 400 degrees for about 25-30 minutes and that makes it just right for our tastes. I have since experimented with different dried fruit blends (tropical etc) with equal success. It's a healthy snack staple in our house! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2011
I took MagicPam's advice and added another cup and a half of the rolled oats. I did not add the raisins or cranberries until after the rest of the mixture had baked because I didn't want them to burn. (Whenever I make trail mix or granola with the cranberries and bake them it never turns out right. They either dry out become rock hard or scorch and taste awful). We ate this as a breakfast cereal (granola) sans chocolate covered peanuts with fresh strawberries sliced over the top. VERY good. I'm glad for the previous reviewer who suggested to double--I agree that the mix would have been way too wet had I not and maybe I would not have had as good of an outcome. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2011
I was given this recipe 15 years ago by my scot master. Man it is good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2013
I made half a recipe followed the directions to the letter and it turned out pretty well. The raisins and the cranberries were a little too "baked and dry " so in the future I'll try adding them after the mix comes out of the oven. Little confused that it says "ready in 2-3/4 hours " since this took no time at all to prepare. Can totally see how you could mix up nuts and fruits with this. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2018
This is pretty good. I am following a paleo diet so I skipped the oats and m&m's but it was still good. There was way too much maple syrup by following the recipe. There were puddles of it. I would definitely cut down if I make again. Update made this a second time with 1/2 c maple syrup and added some additional nuts and seeds and some dark chocolate chips chopped up. This was very good now! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2020
This is excellent! Like others, I doubled the oats to offset the maple syrup. I also added a cup of pretzels for more crunch. We really enjoyed the salty/sweet combo. Read More
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