Maple Nut Granola

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!

Top down view of a red bowl filled with maple nut granola and topped with sliced strawberries. Next to it is a glass jar with additional granola, full strawberries, and a glass jar with milk.

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.

TELL ME ABOUT: MAPLE NUT GRANOLA

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.

Small red bowl of granola topped with slices of strawberries. This homemade granola is surrounded by strawberries, granola in a small glass jar as well as scattered around, and a glass jar of milk

ingredients needed

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

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE MAPLE NUT GRANOLA

  1. Prepare a cookie sheet: get out your biggest cookie sheet and set aside. No lining or cooking spray needed
  2. Measure your dry ingredients: place your oats, nuts, and seeds in a large bowl and stir to combine
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Cool, enjoy, and store: allow granola to cool and enjoy! Store in mason jars or other air-tight container(s) of choice
Glass jar filled with this homemade maple nut granola, showing how this granola can be stored

TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAKING A GREAT BATCH OF HOMEMADE GRANOLA

What if I don’t like, or don’t have, one of the nuts or seeds listed in this maple nut granola recipe? 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.

How do I make more clusters in my homemade granola? If you substitute honey for the maple syrup in this granola recipe, you tend to get more clusters. You can also do half honey and half maple syrup. Please 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). I also want to note that using honey is much sticker to work with…not a deal breaker by any means, just a good thing to know! 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.

If I want to customize my ingredients, what’s the best way to ensure a successful batch of homemade granola? The most important thing about this homemade granola recipe is the ingredient ratio: 3 cups oats, 2 cups mix-ins, and 1 cup liquid mixture.

How do I serve maple nut 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

Easy, healthy, and delicious homemade granola recipe made with oats, nuts, and seeds. A perfect breakfast or snack!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 306 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 Cups - Old Fashioned Oats gluten-free for GF diets
  • 1/2 Cup - Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup - Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup - Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup - Salted & Roasted Pepitas
  • 1/4 Cup - Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/2 Cup - Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup - Brown Sugar

Instructions
 

  • 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

Notes

*Note for those who want to customize their homemade granola: The most important thing about this homemade granola recipe is the ingredient ratio: 3 cups oats, 2 cups mix-ins, and 1 cup liquid mixture.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 4mgPotassium: 244mgFiber: 4gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg
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