John's Favourite Snacking Granola
About the Recipe
The best and easiest hunting snack to keep you in the stand longer on cold afternoons.
3-4 cups Gold Forest Grains Rolled Oats
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup REAL maple syrup (Sugarmoon Farms is what we use. They're from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada)
1/2 melted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (or any dried fruit)
handful or two of coconut flakes (as much as you like)
2 handfuls pumpkin seeds (same as coconut flakes)
2 tsp cinnamon
ground cardamom (this is a key ingredient for me) Picture Lloyd Christmas saying "I like it a lot".
Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix all of the ingredients except the dried fruit in a large bowl. Place the mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and pack it down moderately.
Bake for 20 minutes total, rotating the baking pan half way through the bake. Every oven seems to be different. What you're looking for here is a slight browning of the coconut flakes and oat edges. But honestly, I've baked longer and have had a nice toasty taste...but doing this will make the granola more crunchy (not great while hunting at minus 20 when the sound travels!) lol
So now you have a tray of hot aromatic granola. It will be soft and still sort of gooey. This is when you add your dried fruit. As much as you prefer and whatever kind you want. Sprinkle the raisins evenly over the granola and press them in with the back of a spoon or spatula. Then just leave it alone for 20 minutes or so. Once it cools, it should be crispier and crumble apart. You can break it into chunks and put it in any container you prefer. This hunting snack is so flexible as you can see. You can add whatever ingredients and spices that you want. You can bake it as long as you want too. Experiment and come up with your own special recipe!
Not necessarily a "health food", this recipe is energy filled and should be eaten in moderation if you're hanging around the house. Ask me how I know. But man alive, it will keep you in the stand a few extra minutes during a cold November Whitetail hunt...and that can mean the difference between tag soup and hero pics.