Lightly sweetened granola filled with almonds, walnuts, pecans, and almond butter; flavored with pure maple syrup, cinnamon, and a touch of orange zest. This hearty granola contains fiber and protein to keep you full and satisfied.
This mama bird is leaving the nest for a few days. Later this week I’m heading to a food bloggers conference in Portland! I’m looking forward to meeting some lovely bloggers, learning new tips, and visiting a city I’ve never been to before ( ← read: consuming all the coffee and donuts Portland has to offer). Follow me on Instagram (celebratingsweets) or Snapchat (username: celebratesweets) to see what I’m up to!
I’m preparing a few meals for my family to have while I’m gone, and I made a big batch of this Maple Nut Granola for breakfast and snacking.
I love making homemade granola. I’m able to control the ingredients and make it any flavor that I choose. I loaded this batch with lots of nuts (walnuts, pecans and almonds), as well as almond butter. In an effort to keep it healthy-ish I use heart healthy coconut oil and skip refined sugar in favor of pure maple syrup. This granola has approximately 7 grams of protein and nearly 5 grams of fiber per half-cup serving.
Homemade granola is super delicious and infinitely adaptable, but one thing that homemade granola is usually lacking is the big clumps that you typically get in commercial varieties. To help the granola clump together, I stir in an egg white before baking, and I also allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet before moving it around. I found that this batch had a nice variety of smaller pieces mixed with bigger clumps.
This granola is dangerously addictive. I need to move it to the back of my pantry, far out of my reach, because I am currently grabbing a handful every single time I walk into the kitchen. At this rate, there will be no granola left for my family for this weekend.
Whether you eat it on its own, sprinkle it over yogurt, or serve it with milk and a drizzle of maple syrup (my favorite way!!), you’ll love this simple homemade granola recipe.
Maple Nut Granola
- 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- finely grated zest of 1/2 orange optional
- 1 egg white
Preheat oven to 300°F.
In a large bowl combine oats, nuts, cinnamon, and salt.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine coconut oil, syrup, almond butter, and orange zest until smooth. Set aside for a few minutes to cool down slightly.
Pour syrup mixture over oats/nuts and stir really well, until thoroughly combined.
In a separate bowl using a fork or whisk, beat the egg white until frothy. Add the egg white to the granola and stir until combined. Spread the granola into an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Toss with a spatula then press the mixture with the back of the spatula to flatten it slightly (this will help create clumps), return to the oven for another 15-25 minutes until the granola is golden brown.
Cool completely before breaking into pieces. You must let it cool for several hours if you want some of the granola to clump together. If you don't care about clumps you can dive in right away.
Recipe NotesThis is a lightly sweetened granola. If you'd prefer it sweeter you can increase the amount of maple syrup in the recipe or you can serve the granola with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.