Planning to hoof it on a hiking trail in the Hudson Valley? The best way to maintain your mountain-climbing mojo is with a snack you can take on the go — and what better one than granola? A breeze to make and adaptable to any taste, this easily totable treat offers a fiber- and protein-packed way to stay energized all day long. Here, we share an expert recipe concocted by Melinda Champagne, head baker at Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go in Kingston.
Makes about 2 pounds
1⁄8 cup flaxseed
4 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1⁄2 cup pumpkin seeds
1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 Tbsp maple syrup
1⁄2 cup raisins
1⁄2 cup dried cherries, chopped
2 Tbsp plus 2 teaspoons crystallized ginger, minced
Combine flaxseed, oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, salt, oil, and syrup.
Spread evenly on a sheet pan.
Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes, stir, and bake for another 15 minutes.
Let granola cool completely, then add fruit and ginger and mix well.