Thrown into a baggie with a handful of chocolate chips, it heads out into the backcountry for ski touring, mountain biking, hiking and days of fishing. It is an essential component to any backpacking trip.
Most of all my granola gets shared, which is why I am posting the recipe now. Everyone who’s ever tried it has asked for the recipe. The recipe has been jotted down onto cocktail napkins, paper bags, and once, directly into a friend’s iPhone, to be digitally preserved forever.
“A middle age suburban white man or woman who values natural things…can usually be found in nature or at L.L. Bean…A granola person usually drives a Subaru Outback, Volvo Wagon, or Honda Element, all with Thule roof racks for their skis, bikes or kayaks.”
Well, I’ve never been to L.L. Bean, but I am otherwise guilty as charged.
It goes on to use the term in a sentence: “Ninety percent of the locals found in Jackson Hole are granolas.” Mmmm, is that so? It's no wonder granola is the most popular snack food of Jackson Hole residents, right up there with our beloved locally-made Tram Bars.
For a printable version of the recipe, click on the file below it.
Maple Syrup Olive Oil Granola with Ginger and Figs
- 5 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup maple syrup (I save a bundle by buying this direct from the farmer in Vermont; he sends me 6 gallons at a time)
- 2/3 cup olive oil (I use California Olive Ranch olive oils, which I also buy in bulk)
- 3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1 cup slivered or sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup dried black mission figs, tops chopped off and diced
- 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, diced (available in bulk at Jackson Whole Grocer)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Place oats in a large bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk together the olive oil, maple syrup, almond and vanilla extract. (If the maple syrup has been heated in the microwave and is warm, this is a lot easier.)
- Pour the liquids over the oats and mix well. Sprinkle with salt and mix well.
- Place the granola evenly over a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
- Bake 20 minutes and turn pan. Bake another 20 minutes. Toss granola from the edges into the middle of the pan and spread evenly. Bake until golden brown but not burnt.
- Cool in the pan, then toss with the ginger and figs.
- For trail mix, add a handful of chocolate chips.
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