Granola is my go-to breakfast and snack option. It's crunchy, chock full of goodness, and just a little sweet. But this recipe for Homemade Maple Pecan Granola changed the granola game for me. This stuff is addicting - and so so so much healthier for you than any granola you're buying from the store. Some store-bought granola's have more sugar in a serving than a piece of chocolate cake - I'd rather have the cake! My recipe has only 1 cup of pure maple syrup as a sweetener - and that's it. Plus, you'd never know because it's so yummy.
If you can stir things together and preheat an oven, you can make homemade granola. It's THAT easy. Be sure to store your granola in the fridge to keep it fresh for as long as possible - though I can't say mine lasts very long in my house! I eat a beautiful yogurt parfait every day as my morning snack at school, layered with plain Greek yogurt, a scoop of granola, and fresh berries. I never have to add sugar to my plain yogurt when I have granola because it's just so flavorful - I think it's the toasted pecans. Mmm. It's also great with milk - or just by the handful.
My version is centered around gooey maple pecan goodness, but the coolest part about homemade granola is you can vary up the ingredients. Want to try cranberry pistachio granola? or maybe chocolate almond? Go for it. Stick with 4 cups of oats, 1 cup of oil as your base (I like coconut oil, but canola also works), and 1 cup of pure maple syrup, and add whatever mix-ins you'd like.
Homemade Maple Pecan Granola
Makes about 6 cups of granola
Other Recipes With These Ingredients: Old Fashioned Oats: Make a hearty bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or add a scoop to your muffins or breads // Coconut oil: Use as a substitute in your favorite baking // Ground flax seed: add to your smoothies and oatmeal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
- 4 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (Substitute: sweetened coconut flakes)
- 1 cup ground flax seed
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup melted coconut oil (Substitute: canola oil)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
*Note: You can really use anything you want in your granola. I recommend starting with the oats and keeping the maple syrup, oil, and vanilla, and playing around with the mix-ins. Some suggestions: walnuts, chia seeds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried fruit (mixed in after you bake), and more!
Gluten Free: While all of these ingredients are naturally gluten free, ensure that they are not contaminated by reading the packaging - especially on the oats.
Dairy-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan friendly
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or use my favorite non-stick aluminum foil (find out why it's my secret to easy clean up)
3. Toast your 4 cups old-fashioned oats on the baking sheet in the oven for 10-15 minutes.
4. While the oats are toasting, whisk together 1 cup pure maple syrup, 1 cup melted coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla in a small bowl.
4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the toasted oats, 1 cup sliced almonds, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, and 1 cup ground flax seed and stir together.
5. Pour the syrup-vanilla-oil mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to evenly coat.
6. Spread the mixture back out on your baking sheet and place in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Lunch Tomorrow, Storing, & Extra Ingredients
STORING - IMPORTANT: The granola should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for longer shelf life and to prevent the oils from going rancid. While this will take a long time, it's always better to be safe. Your granola should last at least 2 months in the fridge if it is well-sealed - and likely even longer.
EXTRA INGREDIENTS - I keep all the extra ingredients on hand for making MORE GRANOLA. It's just that good! You can also try substituting coconut oil into your recipes, adding a handful of ground flax seed to your smoothies, cereal, or oatmeal, and a scoop of old fashioned oats to your favorite muffin or quick bread recipe.