Nutty Maple Granola
Nutty Maple Granola doesn’t skimp on the nuts, plus it has yummy oats, seeds, cinnamon, and just the right amount of sweetness for a healthy snack or breakfast. This homemade granola recipe can be made with whatever you have in your pantry and also happens to be gluten-free and vegan.
Homemade Gluten-Free Granola Recipe
When I was working, I had to travel to Europe several times, and once for two weeks to China and India. And seriously, the best thing about many foreign hotels is their insane breakfast buffets. These spreads catered to the breakfast preferences of many different countries and cultures, from eggs and bacon and potatoes, to waffles and pancakes and french toast, to knockwursts and bratwursts and whatvever-wursts, to congee and sushi and dumplings. Now granted, I was traveling for business, so I did stay at pretty decent hotels. But even the smaller ones all seem to know how to do breakfast right. And one thing that always seem to have it a bowl of plain, thick yogurt, another of fresh fruit preserves, and yet another filled with granola. More often than not, even with all of the other choices, I went for that – a little dairy, a little protein, a little fruit – just what I needed to power through the insane schedule that I usually had while traveling (one time involving 7 airplane flights in 10 days).
Back at home, the store-bought granola always left something to be desired for me. Many seem to have a lot more sugar and fat than I am really looking for, not enough nuts and fruit, and way too much “filler”. So, I started making my own…
Nutty Maple Granola is the first homemade granola recipe I ever made!
And I love this so much more than anything storebought. So many granolas you find in the grocery store have a ton of “filler”, whereas this one is truly packed with has a pretty high ratio of nuts and seeds to oats, a good amount of dried fruit, and just the right amount of sweetness, but without adding any refined sugars. You can use whatever nuts and seeds you have on hand, even all of one kind, but I prefer to mix it up by throwing in some walnuts, pecans, cashews, and basically whatever I can find in my pantry since each one seems to have at least on particular standout nutritional stat, like walnuts for Omega-3’s, cashews for minerals and B-vitamins, and almonds for Vitamin E. Here is a great source for lots of nutritional information about many different nuts and seeds. I do always make sure to add some sliced almonds because they give a similar texture to oats while still keeping this Nutty Maple Granola a bit heavier on the nuts.
The same goes for the seeds and dried fruit. I’ve used any and every combination of flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, plus dried cherries, driued blueberries, dried cranberries, and, of course, the standby that every mother always has in the pantry – raisins. You can truly customize Nutty Maple Granola with whatever you prefer!
Gluten-free granola is not always easy to find in stores!
When I found out about my wheat allergy, I realized that packaged granola often contains things like wheat and barley flakes, or even wheat germ. So that is why I came up with this recipe. While I don’t need to seek out the gluten-free oats because that small potential for cross-contamination is not a risk for my type of allergy, this can be gluten-free if you purchase the gluten-free oats.
How will you enjoy eating Nutty Maple Granola?
This homemade granola is delicious over plain yogurt with some chopped berries (or you can get all fancy and make Peanut Butter and Jelly Yogurt Parfaits). Make some Honey and Sea Salt Peanut Butter, then whip up these Apple Sandwiches from Garnish with Lemon. Add it into Maple Granola Rice Krispie Treats from Lemons for Lulu. Or stir it into Healthy Granola Muffins from Family Food on the Table. You might even find yourself eating it by the handful. It also makes a nice gift!
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Nutty Maple Granola doesn't skimp on the nuts, plus it has yummy oats, seed, cinnamon, and just the right amount of maple sweetness for a healthy breakfast or snack.
- 3 cup oats (gluten free, if needed)
- 3 cups nuts (any combination of raw walnuts, pecans, pistachios, etc.)
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds (or more chia seeds)
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cup dried fruit I like equal parts (any combination of raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries, etc.)
- Preheat your oven to 250°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, and coconut.
- In a small bowl, combine the water, olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and toss until it is evenly distributed and moistened.
- Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes, or until dry and golden.
- Toss the dried fruits in with the granola mixture.
- Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.