Homemade Granola Recipe
This Granola Recipe is the perfect way to start your day. Loaded with oats, nuts, maple syrup, and brown sugar, you'll love every sweet and crunchy bite!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 18 servings (1/3 cup)
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups chopped nuts*
- ⅓ cup pepitas or sunflower seeds optional
- ¾ cup unsweetened coconut chips optional, but highly recommended
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ⅓ cup oil I use extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried fruit optional
Preheat oven to 300°Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, coconut and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk syrup, oil, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour the wet mixture over the oats and stir until mostly combined. Use your hands to continue mixing, making sure that the oats and nuts are well coated.
Dump the mixture onto prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer (I like to flatten it with the back of a spatula). Bake for 25 minutes, then use a spatula to mix around the granola. Return to the oven for 10 minutes, toss again, then return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes until evenly golden brown. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool (see note about finishing salt). Add dried fruit after cooling, if desired.
*Use any combination of nuts. My preference is a combination of walnuts, pecans and sliced almonds. If your nuts are salted you can reduce the amount of salt in the recipe (to taste). If your nuts are unsalted, use the full amount listed.
Finishing salt: I like to add a sprinkle of finishing salt (like Maldon Flaky Sea Salt) after removing the granola from the oven. This adds a stronger salty-sweet balance, and a bit of texture from the occasional flake of salt. This is completely optional, and delicious with or without it. If you have a finishing salt on hand, give it a try.
Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.5mg