It’s such a treat to have foodie friends cook for you. This summer, we were sent home with a parcel of Mary’s delightfully delicious Maple Coconut Granola after enjoying cocktails in her posh Aspen condo. I knew I’d have to recreate her recipe at home.
PAM Cooking Spray sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.
Maple Coconut Granola
I make a huge batch of granola a few times a year. I love the stuff, but it’s way too tempting to have around 24/7. Mary’s Maple Coconut Granola was gobbled up as breakfast, snacks and more snacks. Sweetened with real maple syrup and brown sugar, the rest of the add-ins can be tweaked to your preference.
I usually use sweetened angel flake coconut in my granolas but loved the big unsweetened coconut flakes even better. It’s not like the syrup and brown sugar won’t sweeten it anyway. Like Mary, I added some pistachios and dried fruit to the basic Food52 recipe along with the pecan halves, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. What a magical mixture!
PAM Cooking Spray Hacks
I’ve shared one of my favorite baking tricks with numerous friends as well as on this blog, but it bears repeating. Have you ever struggled to get every bit of peanut butter out of a measuring cup? How about honey? Well, I have a terrific tip for you. Spray your measuring cup with PAM Cooking Spray first, then it will be a snap to remove your peanut butter, honey, or in this case, maple syrup from the measuring utensil. Once you give it a go, you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying it sooner. It makes cleanup a heck of a lot easier, too.
A review of my favorite PAM Hacks in the kitchen:
- Use to spray measuring cups when cooking with sticky foods and liquids like peanut butter, honey, corn syrup and maple syrup.
- Line your baking tins with foil and spray with PAM for easy release of cookie bars, roasted veggies, etc.
- When a recipe calls for lining the bottom of a baking pan with parchment, give it a quick spray so that nary a morsel sticks at removal time.
What’s your favorite “hack” for PAM Cooking Spray?Print
Maple Coconut Granola
A delightful maple granola full of nuts and seeds. Adapted from Food52 and my food blogger friend, Mary, of Lights on Bright No Brakes.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 45 mins
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 8 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast, Snacks
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- PAM Cooking Spray
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, hulled
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds, hulled
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup unsalted pistachios
- 1 1/4 cup raw pecan halves
- 3/4 cup pure maple syrup (Grade B preferred for better flavor)
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup dried tart cherries and/or dried apricots, chopped
- Preheat oven to 300º. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray with PAM Cooking Spray. Set aside.
- Place all ingredients except cherries into a large bowl and mix until well combined. Spread granola mixture evenly on prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 10-15 minutes for about 35 minutes. Add cherries, stir and bake for another 10 minutes or till granola is toasted.
- Let cool and serve. Store covered.
Spray your measuring cup with PAM Cooking Spray before measuring sticky liquids like maple syrup for easy cleanup and no scraping!
- Calories: 813kcal
- Sugar: 43g
- Sodium: 255mg
- Fat: 53g
- Saturated Fat: 12g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 77g
- Fiber: 10g
- Protein: 16g
- Cholesterol: 0
Did you know?? PAM Cooking Spray leaves *99% less residue than margarine or bargain-brand cooking sprays too. (* vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bakeware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times).