Maple Pecan Granola
This delicious maple pecan granola recipe is the perfect way to start off your day! Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and made with simple pantry ingredients, you’ll love this easy to make recipe!
This maple pecan granola is such a great weekday breakfast idea, and SO delicious! We love easy breakfasts that the whole family will enjoy, like my Easy Breakfast Burritos, and Maple Breakfast Sausage. This is one of my Breakfast recipes you’ll definitely want in your collection!
MAPLE PECAN GRANOLA RECIPE
Did you make any New Years resolutions? I always start off my year by setting some goals, in various categories (business, personal, health, family, etc), but I never really call them resolutions. I guess they’re really kinda the same thing though lol.
I know this is the time of year that a LOT of people are eating a bit healthier. After all the sweets and heavy holiday food, it’s nice to switch it up and go for the lighter foods.
Historically, healthier recipes don’t do very well on the site… which I think is because y’all are just like me. We love our easy comfort foods!
But this recipe, even though it may be categorized as a “healthy” recipe, is something I totally make year round, not just when I’m eating healthier.
Granola is SO expensive in the grocery stores, and I find when I make it myself, I can customize it juuuuuust the way I like it. A little sweet, plenty crunchy, and with fun extras you don’t normally see in store-bought granola (like the hint of white chocolate chips!).
I think you’ll all really love this recipe, as it’s fabulous as is, but also great as a base recipe that you can use to customize your own granola!
HOW TO MAKE MAPLE PECAN GRANOLA
- Prepare. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine dry ingredients. Add oats, pecans, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg to a mixing bowl and stir to mix.
- Add wet ingredients. Add coconut oil, maple syrup and almond extract. Mix until well combined and no dry oats remain.
- Spread in pan. Spread granola mixture into prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
- Bake. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, until oats are turning golden brown, stirring halfway through.
- Cool. Let granola cool completely before stirring.
- Add mix-ins. Add dried cranberries and white chocolate chips and stir.
ADDITIONAL COOKING TIPS
- Use the right oats – there are times when you can substitute quick cooking oats for old fashioned, but this just isn’t it. You won’t get the same crunchy, slightly chewy texture. It’s worth it to pick up a container of the old fashioned oats, I promise!
- Get clumpy – as written, this recipe will produce some clusters of granola, and some loose granola, which I think is the perfect balance. If you want more clusters, just press down on the granola more about halfway through the cooking time. It causes the granola to stick together more, which in turn, leads to great clusters.
- Oil-less – to have the classic granola texture, you need to have some kind of liquid, otherwise you’ll end up with dry pieces of oats. If you’re opposed to using oil, you can feel free to try this method from Cooking Classy. I’ve not tested it, but her recipes are generally pretty fantastic 🙂
VARIATIONS OF THIS RECIPE
- Nuts – I love using pecan halves in this recipe, but walnuts, pistachios, cashews, etc are all great alternatives!
- Seeds – for extra texture and crunch, try adding some pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, or sunflower seeds.
- Sweetener – this recipe uses real maple syrup, but honey would be a delicious alternative. I haven’t tested this recipe using agave nectar, but if any of you try it, I’d love to know how it turns out!
- Dried fruit – dried cranberries are great to use, but dried apricots (chopped so things stay bite sized), or even tart dried cherries would be fabulous as well.
- Oil – I love using coconut oil for this granola, but olive oil, avocado oil, or grape seed oil work well too!
- Spices – feel free to play around with the spices in this granola. In the Fall, pumpkin or apple spice are great!
- Chocolate – the optional white chocolate chips add just a touch of decadence to this, but you can either skip them, or use dark chocolate instead!
MAKING GRANOLA AHEAD OF TIME
Making homemade granola is naturally a make ahead process, since it needs to cool completely after baking. However, it can be made up to 2 weeks ahead of time.
Granola should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1-2 weeks.
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- Baking Sheets – I love the large size and how sturdy these pans are.
- Parchment Paper – no cutting required, these sheets fit perfectly in the baking sheets above.
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Maple Pecan Granola
- 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats - (I don't recommend substituting quick oats)
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup coconut oil - melted
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp almond extract - vanilla extract can be substituted
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup white chocolate chips - (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Combine Dry Ingredients
- In a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix the oats, pecans, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until evenly combined.
Add Wet Ingredients
- Add in the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and almond extract. Mix everything together until well combined and no dry oats remain.
- Spread the granola mixture onto the prepared baking sheet in an even layer.
- Bake until the oats are lightly golden, about 21 - 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Let the granola cool in the baking sheet completely, about 45 minutes to an hour. Gently break up granola with your hands or a wooden spoon. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips.
- Enjoy or store granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
- Use the right oats - there are times when you can substitute quick cooking oats for old fashioned, but this just isn't it. You won't get the same crunchy, slightly chewy texture. It's worth it to pick up a container of the old fashioned oats, I promise!
- Get clumpy - as written, this recipe will produce some clusters of granola, and some loose granola, which I think is the perfect balance. If you want more clusters, just press down on the granola more about halfway through the cooking time. It causes the granola to stick together more, which in turn, leads to great clusters.
- Oil-less - to have the classic granola texture, you need to have some kind of liquid, otherwise you'll end up with dry pieces of oats. If you're opposed to using oil, you can feel free to try this method from Cooking Classy. I've not tested it, but her recipes are generally pretty fantastic
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