Wow, I really wish you were here with me in my cozy little kitchen right now. I am looking out my window and there is a light dusting of snow on the ground and it looks just BEAUTIFUL! I wish you could also be here to smell the delicious aromas coming from my oven. Oh the warm cinnamon, robust molasses, sweet maple syrup, toasting pecans, coconut and almonds!! Mmm mmm mmm!
I am counting the minutes until this Maple Cinnamon Granola comes out of my oven. It’s killing me!!
I love to make my own granola at home because it is cheaper than the store-bought stuff, it’s tastier, and most importantly it is MADE-TO-ORDER. When I look at the granolas sold at the food store I can never find the right combination of the things I like, so why not just make it myself? Then I get exactly what I love for half the price!
In this recipe I add pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds, but you can include whatever combination of nuts you like. I also add some dried cranberries, but feel free to change it up and opt for dried blueberries, cherries or banana chips. The great thing about granola is that it is totally adaptable. The only essential ingredient is the oats. This Maple Cinnamon Granola is loaded with flavor, healthy and high in fiber. You can enjoy it as a simple afternoon snack, a topping for your yogurt or as your cereal in the morning with some milk. Be creative, add your favorites and enjoy!
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup whole unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
- 3 Tbsp. light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine first seven ingredients together in a large bowl.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine maple syrup, coconut oil and molasses. Microwave for about one minute . Remove from the microwave and mix with a spatula until all the ingredients are melted and smooth. Gently stir in the brown sugar and the vanilla.Pour over the oat mixture and mix until well moistened.
- Spread onto the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature for at least an hour or more without stirring. If you don't stir you will have nice big clumps of granola goodness. (my favorite!) I like to let mine cool overnight on the tray so it crisps up really well. Once cooled, stir in the dried cranberries. Store in airtight container.