Homemade granola is everything you want it to be and more. Not only is making your own granola ridiculously delicious, it is a healthy breakfast option and an easy recipe to put together!
Since homemade granola is such a low-maintenance recipe to make, I will often make my batches of homemade granola on a weeknight after I get home from work.
On a side note, for any new mama’s in your life – this is a great gift to bring to them after the baby arrives! Homemade granola is easy to store, easy to grab in the middle of the night when they’re up for a feeding, and makes for an easy breakfast. Notice the keyword EASY? Additionally, many of the ingredients in this granola are on all those lists they’re Googling in the middle of the night looking for ways to help increase their milk production (I know from personal experience). As a new mama it is SO NICE to get homemade meals and snacks from friends and family… especially if it’s healthy! Be that friend for someone you know; they will truly appreciate it more than you can imagine.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Level of difficulty: Making homemade granola is very easy. This is a good breakfast recipe for any skill level!
Flavor: This granola has a subtle maple and nut flavor, and is mildly sweet.
Texture: Maple nut granola is crunchy, just as you’d expect! This recipe does not create clusters like some do (see notes below if you’re into that kind of thing)
Time: From start-to-finish, it will take you approximately 50 minutes to make homemade maple nut granola. This includes measuring, mixing your ingredients together, and baking time.
Oats: I recommend using old-fashioned oats when making homemade granola (and in most baking adventures if we’re being honest). They are sturdier than the quick-cook variety, making the texture of your maple nut granola much more enjoyable
Nuts & Seeds: I combine pecans, walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds in this recipe. I’ve played with different combinations (a lot) and just love the final product from this version the best. Using this variety adds great texture to your homemade granola as well as a variety of nutrients too!
Maple Syrup: Use real maple syrup to make this recipe. The fake syrups (like Hungry Jack, Aunt Jemima, etc) are highly processed with all kinds of ingredients that you don’t need…use the real deal.
Neutral Oil: You need some type of neutral oil for this recipe (ie – something that does not have a strong flavor). I personally like to use grapeseed oil. Don’t have that? No problem. Other neutral oil options you could use include: canola oil, vegetable oil, and coconut oil.
Brown Sugar: Brown sugar is the final ingredient in your ‘liquid’ mixture that you pour into your oats, nuts, and seeds. Just enough to give your batch of granola a little bit of sweetness.
See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
Recipe Variations and Substitutions
Change the mix-ins / nuts and seeds used. The fun thing about making homemade granola is that you can tailor it to your liking. Don’t like pecans? No problem, replace them with a different ingredient! You can use different types of nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit, or your favorite type of seed.
Use honey instead of maple syrup (this generally makes more clusters). Swap honey 1-to-1 in place of the maple syrup if desired. You can also do half honey and half maple syrup.
- Note: Substituting honey into this recipe will give your granola a different flavor profile (as you’re taking out at least a portion of the maple syrup).
- Note: Honey is much sticker to work with. If you do make this swap, I’d also recommend that you add in a layer of parchment paper below your granola…save yourself some elbow grease later.
TIP FOR SUCCESS: The most important thing about this homemade granola recipe is the ingredient ratio: 3 cups oats, 2 cups mix-ins (the nuts and seeds), and 1 cup liquid mixture (made with the oil, maple syrup, and sugar).
- Prepare a cookie sheet: get out your biggest cookie sheet and set aside. No lining or cooking spray needed
- Measure your dry ingredients: place your oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl and stir to combine
- Create liquid mixture & pour over dry ingredients: in a small bowl (or 2 cup + liquid measuring cup), add your oil, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Whisk to combine. Pour over your dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated
- Bake your homemade granola: bake at 300°F for 45minutes, stirring granola and re-distributing evenly over your pan half-way through the baking process
- Cool, enjoy, and store: allow granola to cool and enjoy! Store in mason jars or other air-tight container(s) of choice
There are lots of great ways to enjoy this homemade granola! Maple nut granola is great served with yogurt, milk, and/or berries! If you’d like to add more protein and some omega-3s, sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of hemp hearts on top as well. In addition to being a great breakfast, this homemade granola is also a lovely snack (I recommend mixing in chocolate chips and eating it by the handful).
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Maple Nut Granola
- 3 Cups – Old Fashioned Oats gluten-free for GF diets
- ½ Cup – Sliced Almonds
- ½ Cup – Chopped Pecans
- ½ Cup – Chopped Walnuts
- ½ Cup – Salted & Roasted Pepitas
- ¼ Cup – Grapeseed Oil
- ½ Cup – Maple Syrup
- ¼ Cup – Brown Sugar
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (149 degrees C)
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats, almonds, pecans, walnuts, and pepitas. Set dry ingredients aside
- In a liquid measuring cup, measure out the grapeseed oil and maple syrup. Add the brown sugar to the liquid mix and whisk to combine
- Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir until everything is evenly coated
- Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, stirring halfway through
- Remove from the oven, cool, and store in an air-tight container
I tried this recipe for the second time and yes, easy is the right word, but so is yummy! This time I swapped out the almonds for cashews and added in 1/2 cup of snipped dried apricots just to make it interesting. Now the problem is to stop going to the container for another spoonful, and another spoonful! But my favorite way to enjoy it is over yogurt. Thanks for another winner!
I’m so happy to hear you’ve made this several times and love it too! Love the swaps you made too, I’ll have to try that next time 🙂
T. Hammerschmidt says
Such a good breakfast! Very filling.
So happy to hear you enjoyed this granola recipe! Thank you for giving my recipe a try 🙂
Our go-to granola! Will never buy granola from a store again.
So glad you love it too!