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Homemade Maple Pecan Granola

This is my go-to granola recipe. Slightly salty, slightly sweet – lots of roasted nuts, with hints of maple and cinnamon. It doesn’t get much better than this! I created it a few years back when trying to come up with a healthier breakfast option over processed cereals. It is incredibly easy to make, and is perfect for breakfast or for a late-night snack. It even stays crunchy in milk!

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Homemade Maple Pecan Granola


3 1/2 c. old fashioned rolled oats (not instant, or quick cook)
1 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. raw, shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 c. raw, shelled pepitas
1 c. dried fruit (tart cherries, Craisins, etc.)
3/4 c. pure maple syrup – we’re not talking Mrs. Butterworth’s here!
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/4 c. oil (Bertolli extra light olive oil or organic coconut oil is what I use)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 TBSP. cinnamon
2 – jelly roll pans or sheet pans


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix oats, nuts, and seeds together in a large bowl.
  3. Mix syrup, brown sugar, oil, salt, and cinnamon in a separate, smaller bowl.
  4. Pour wet mixture over dry ingredients, and stir well.
  5. Spread granola equally into two jelly roll pans. (buttered, if not using stoneware pans)
  6. Place one pan on top rack of oven, and one pan on middle rack of oven.
  7. Bake at 300°F for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove pans, stir and re-spread granola.
  9. Rotate pans so that the pan that was on the middle rack is now on the top, and the top pan is now in the middle.
  10. Bake for another 25 minutes.
  11. Remove from pans and place into large bowl.
  12. Stir in your dried fruit at this point. (If you bake the dried fruit, it will get very tough and chewy!)
  13. Let cool completely, stirring often to help release heat.
  14. Place into an airtight container, and store in your cupboard, just as you would store your cereal.


If you don’t care for sunflower seeds or pepitas, simply use 2 cups of your favorite nuts. You can also add in 1/2 c. of unsweetened coconut to your oat mixture before baking, if you like. There are so many ways to create a granola that you love!

(Photo by Tori Close)

Published by Tori

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