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Fuel Hudson Valley Hikes With This Protein-Packed Granola Recipe

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What better way to maintain your mountain-climbing mojo than with a tasty, filling, and relatively healthy homemade granola?

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.

Blue Mountain Bistro-to-Go Granola

Makes about 2 pounds 

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

Related: Prep This Peanut Butter-Packed Granola for Breakfast

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