Granola is the grown up’s version of cereal. This pecan maple granola is perfect over yogurt. It also add a nice crunch to your morning oatmeal.
It’s difficult to go back to store-bought granola once you’ve tried homemade granola.
First of all, have you ever looked at the nutritional labels and ingredient list of granola sold in super markets?
They taste great…because they are jam packed with sugar and sweeteners. Homemade granola allows you to customize the flavors and sweetness to your liking.
This is a relatively healthy granola recipe. It uses little sugar. Rather, it relies on maple syrup for complex sweetness,
Very little is needed to make a batch of this maple pecan granola. Best of all, this large batch can be stored at room temperature for up to a month!
Old fashioned oats, also known as rolled oats, are the key ingredient to this recipe. It’s the same oats you’d use to make oatmeal or cookies such as strawberry oatmeal cookies or chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies.
Customize To Your Liking
The main ingredients for this granola recipe are: maple syrup, oil, brown sugar, rolled oats, and pecans.
Swap in your choice of sweeteners and nuts to your liking.
Don’t like maple syrup? Use honey, agave syrup, coconut sugar, or simply use more brown sugar.
There are a variety of neutral flavored oils to choose from such as avocado oil, grape seed oil, or rice bran oil.
If pecans aren’t for you, try walnuts, sliced almonds, pistachios, or macadamia nuts.
Mix and match different sweeteners and nuts to find your perfect combination.
And, if you’re craving a rich decadent granola, go ahead and add some chocolate chips or chocolate chunks into the mix after baking!
Dried fruits such as raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped dried mango are another great addition.
Ways to enjoy this topping
Enjoy your granola with milk or yogurt, eat them plain by the handful, or sprinkle them over ice cream!
Maple pecan granola allows you to have the benefits of oatmeal at a moment’s notice.
You get protein from the pecans, fiber from the oats, and it keeps you fuller longer than most cereals.
Maple Pecan Granola
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup vegetable oil or other neutral oil of choice
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar packed
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups pecans roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 18×13-inch baking sheet with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and salt. Fold in rolled oats and pecans. Mix until the dry mixture is thoroughly coated.
- Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet. Spread evenly across baking sheet. Lay parchment paper over mixture and press with the bottom of another baking sheet to make the oat mixture compact.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until mixture is firm and lightly golden brown in color. Rotate baking sheet midway through baking. Let granola cool to room temperature on wire rack. Break room temperature granola into bite size pieces (or into your desired size). At this point, you can add dried fruits or chocolate chips.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one month.