MAPLE NUT GRANOLA
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! Since this 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.
KEY INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THIS HEALTHY GRANOLA RECIPE
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
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
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.
You mentioned an option that creates more clusters in my homemade granola, how do I do that? 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).