Roasted Maple Granola

By Sally Cameron on October 29, 2013

Appetizers & Snacks, Baked Goods, Breakfast, Gluten-Free, the daniel plan

After years of baking boatloads of homemade roasted maple granola for my family, friends and clients, I am finally posting my recipe. Now everyone can enjoy baking their own. It’s just a little sweet and whole lot of crunchy. We eat it sprinkled over plain Greek yogurt or as a snack out of hand.

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Homemade Roasted Maple Granola

Homemade granola has become a staple for many pantries. Sprinkle it into yogurt, eat a handful as a snack, or create beautiful yogurt-berry breakfast parfaits. Making your own is so easy. And the house smells incredible while it is baking thanks to the maple syrup and cinnamon.

About Oats

The base of my granola is rolled oats. If you follow a gluten-free diet, be sure to purchase gluten-free oats. While oats are often included on the list of grains to be avoided for those following a gluten-free diet, it can be confusing. Oats do not inherently contain gluten so why buy gluten-free oats? Oats can be contaminated with gluten in many ways, from where they grow to crop rotation, during transportation or during processing and packaging. Choose what is best for you.

One more note on oats. While the do not contain gluten, they do contain a gluten-like protein called avenin which some people with gluten-sensitivity are also sensitive to. Only you know your sensitivity level.

Quality Ingredients

I use real maple syrup and unrefined extra virgin coconut oil as the binders for my granola. The difference? Choose real maple syrup, not the fake stuff that is nothing but artificial flavor and colored corn syrup. The real stuff is more expensive, but better tasting and better for you. While it is not a refined sugar, maple syrup is still a sweetener meaning we must be smart about how much we consume in our diet. Maple syrup is a more natural way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Whisk together the maple syrup and coconut oil with vanilla (or almond) extract, and your spices of choice – cinnamon, nutmeg, Chinese Five Spice or other warm spice blends. Have fun varying them to your liking.

In a medium bowl, measure out the dry ingredients. A kitchen scale makes it easier. The nuts and seeds are good sources of healthy fat. Pour the syrup mix into the dry mix and stir until the oats feel uniformly heavy. Stir really well! There should be no white or dry areas left. Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 2 hours, turning the maple granola over half of the way through. I use my hands and a metal spatula.

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Tips on Dried Fruit

Either with or without dried fruit, this granola is great. For reduced sugar overall, skip it or reduce the 3/4 cup further. If you are using dried fruit, allow the granola to cool then mix in. When buying dried fruit, be sure to read labels for added sugar and sulfites.

The above photo shows (at the top, clockwise) bright red dried goji berries, sweet and tangy golden berries, apple juice sweetened dried cranberries, dried white mulberries, dried currants, dried blueberries, golden raisins, and in the center, sulfite-free dried apricots. Pitted dates are another option. Golden berries and dried white mulberries are lower sugar options and they taste terrific. Golden berries have only 2 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup versus 25 grams for dried cranberries.

Another consideration, if you have asthma or sulfite sensitivity, read labels and choose dried fruit without sulfur dioxide. Sulfur dioxide is used as a preservative in many dried fruits. It also keeps many dried fruits (like dried apricots) a pretty color. Sulfite-free dried apricots are usually brown. Not as nice looking, but sulfite-free.

A Gift From the Kitchen

Homemade maple granola makes a welcome gift when visiting family and friends over the holidays. Tied up in little bags with a bow, granola is a terrific hostess gift.

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Nutrition Facts
Roasted Maple Granola
Amount Per Serving
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 180IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Roasted Maple Granola

Homemade granola is the best! Crunchy, golden, and fresh. For a gluten-free purchase gluten-free oats. For the many options on dried fruit read the post. Golden berries are low sugar and sweet-tart but use what you like.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword Gluten-free, granola, oats
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 16 1/2 cup serving
Calories 271kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats 12 ounces
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut thread 2 ounces
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2 ounces
  • 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds 2 3/4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds 1 1/2 ounces
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seed
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup golden berries
  • 6 pieces pitted dates chopped

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 250°F. In a large bowl mix rolled oats, dried coconut, nuts and seeds. In a large measuring cup whisk maple syrup, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. Pour the maple mixture into the oats mixture and stir until well combined. The oats should feel uniformly heavy and well coated with no dry areas.
  • Pour granola on to a half sheet sized rimmed baking sheet and bake for 2 hours, stirring and turning over at 1 hour. Bake until dry and crunchy. Remove from the oven and cool, then stir in dried fruit. Store in a tightly covered container in the pantry.

Notes

 

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Michelle K - October 30th, 2013

    Thank you! You DO make the best granola, and sealed it does last quite well in the pantry. I love it over yogurt for breakfast. It also makes a great Christmas gift. (hint-hint!) Appreciate the explanation about gluten and oats, very helpful.

  2. Sally - October 30th, 2013

    Ha! I thought of you when I posted this! I can still make it for you or now you can make it too! Actually, I have some waiting for you in the pantry…

  3. Kelly - October 30th, 2013

    Just made this today. It was very easy and SO good. I never thought of making my own granola, but now I can really enjoy it knowing that it is made with high quality ingredients. I’m already making plans for homemade granola Christmas gifts. Thanks for the idea and the awesome recipe Sally!

  4. Linda - January 1st, 2014

    Hi Sally,

    Just wanted to thank you so much for this recipe! I ended up making 4 double batches of this over the holidays and packaged them in pint sized mason jars for gifts. You get about 6 jars per double batch. Everyone loved it and said they appreciated getting something healthier over the holidays. If you ever come up to the San Francisco area, check out Rainbow Market. I found them about halfway through the process and they sold almost everything to make this in bulk, and it was organic too. Thanks again for helping us all be healthier!

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