This Homemade Maple Granola is delicious, warm, cozy, and incredibly easy! Made with simple real food ingredients like pecans, coconut, oats, spices, and maple syrup.
Homemade granola is one of those things where, when you make it you feel like a kitchen rock star.
But in reality, it took you a handful of real food pantry staples, which you mixed up in five minutes, like the boss you are, spread on a baking sheet, and waited patiently for 25 minutes while it bakes up. That’s all.
These are the kinds of recipes we love and memorize and make on repeat.
Need more reasons to make this? Ok, lemme convince you. Homemade granola is one of those things that has the feel of dessert – without being dessert. Win! It’s nutty, warm, toasty, maple-goodness basically tastes like a spiced oatmeal cookie. Speaking of spices, this granola makes your kitchen smell like HEAVEN. Heaven. Not even exaggerating on that one.
I wish we could hurry up with the scratch-n-sniff via your computer screen thing already, okay technology?! Who can I write to about this??
Ok, I guess I’ll just have to try and describe the aroma – it’s like the coziest, warmest, most comforting smell is wafting out of your oven and making you fall in love with this granola.
As always, I like flexible recipes – so you can customize this to fit YOU and what YOU like. Don’t like nuts? That’s fine, leave ’em out! Want to add some dried fruit? You do you! Prefer peanut butter over almond butter? Swap it out – that is absolutely allowed.
One thing that’s allowed but not recommended – eating this directly off the pan when it comes out of the oven. You will want to, but if you do you will probably burn your mouth (not that I know from experience) and you might miss your chance to have those amazing clumps of granola that we love. (See recipe notes for more info on clumps.)
This granola recipe is really just a base for you to work with – get creative! Because you ARE a kitchen rock star.
Oh – I almost forgot to talk about the many possible uses for this beautiful granola.
Top your yogurt off with a few handfuls of this granola and a little fresh fruit and an extra drizzle of maple syrup or honey. Pack it up all cute-like in a little mason jar, tie a ribbon on it and gift it to someone you love! Eat it by the handful straight out of the jar because it’s that good. Use it as breakfast meal prep. This homemade maple granola will be your new best friend.
Use it on everything, every time, everywhere.
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The Best Homemade Maple Granola
- 1 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut I used sweetened, but unsweetened works too
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add the oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, shredded coconut, and pecans. Stir to combine. Pour in the olive oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir to combine. Add the almond butter last, and stir to combine. If it clumps in some areas that's fine - clumps in granola are the best!
- Spread the granola out so that it's mostly flat onto your lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. After the initial 12 minutes, stir the granola on the pan, making sure to move the bits on the edges to the inside of the pan, so they don't burn. Bake for 11-15 more minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
- Let it cool completely before putting into a storage container. Stirring the granola around when it's done baking but before it cools can ruin any clumps that have formed. Store at room temp in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
I originally published this recipe in April of 2017, but have recently updated it with new photos!
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