Maple berry granola

Maple syrup is a Canadian treat, and with Canada Day just around the corner what better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than with this delicious maple granola crunch?

The options with the maple granola crunch are endless, as the recipe can be easily adjusted to accommodate any individual preference, dietary restriction, serving size or meal. Whether you would simply prefer to include blueberries instead of strawberries, this recipe invites such creativity. Blueberries and blackberries make great Fourth of July additions. Ingredients such as, kiwi, almonds, pecans or coconut shreds are also excellent substitutions and additions.

For whatever plans you may already have for Canada Day, the maple granola crunch will have you covered whether as a breakfast treat or midday snack. It is a simple recipe that requires little time to prepare, and can be easily thrown together. Just add more or less of the berry mixture and topping ingredients to increase or reduce the serving size. Best of all, serve with a side of your favourite ice cream to make this brunch-like recipe into a tasty dessert.

Ingredients:
• 1/2 a container of strawberries
• 1/2 a small container of blueberries
• 1/2 a small container of raspberries
• 1 tbsp maple syrup
• 1/2-cup raw walnuts
• 1 cup uncooked rolled oats or granola
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:
1. Wash and slice all strawberries into bite-sized pieces. In a large bowl, gently mix the sliced strawberries and any other washed berries of your preference. Drizzle with maple syrup.
2. Prepare the topping in a food processor (blender or magic bullet) by pulsing all ingredients until just mixed. You want to leave this mixture chunky, so be careful not to over process.
3. In a deep bowl or casserole dish, layer both the berries and topping ingredients. First, add the majority of the berry mixture, leaving a few tablespoons or so. Spread evenly.
4. Then add the majority of the topping, reserving a few tablespoons. Lastly, sprinkle on the remaining berries and the rest of the topping.
5. Serve immediately or chill for 1 hour.

Note: This recipe does not keep well overnight in the fridge, as it gets watery. Be sure to mix just prior to serving.

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