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Healthy Maple Granola

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This delicious maple granola is easy to make at home with wholesome ingredients like maple syrup, oats, and nuts/seeds.

vegan maple granola in a jar

I’ve been on a granola kick the last few months and make a new batch at least once a week. Granola + frozen blueberries + soy milk/yogurt = pure bliss. I love this granola not only because it’s delicious, but it’s easy to make, naturally sweetened, and packed with healthy fats, fiber, and plant protein!

vegan maple granola in a jar

Easily Customizable

This has been the base recipe for all my granola recently, delicious as is or you can customize the flavor by adding other spices, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or chocolate. Here are some of my favorite ingredients to play with:

  • Nuts/Seeds ⟶ almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, poppyseeds
    • Be sure to chop the nuts first so they mix in more evenly with the granola. You can also used sliced or slivered almonds.
  • Spices ⟶ cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger for a cozy fall/winter-themed granola (think apple pie, gingersnaps, oatmeal raisin cookies), or cocoa powder for a chocolate granola (increase the sweetener and use all maple syrup)
  • Dried Fruit ⟶ raisins, blueberries, apples, strawberries
    • Dried fruit will burn easily so add them to the granola after baking. Press them into the granola while still warm and let the granola cool completely.
close up of vegan maple granola on a baking sheet

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Healthy Maple Granola

This delicious maple granola is easy to make at home with wholesome ingredients like maple syrup, oats, and nuts/seeds.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup (60g) almond butter**
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp molasses or more maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract optional
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup puffed rice**
  • ½ cup nuts/seeds of choice**

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together almond butter, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla extract.
  • Add oats, puffed rice, and nuts/seeds. Mix well to combine. You may find it easier to use your hands. The mixture should stick together pretty well; it won't be cohesive but you should be able to form clumps.
  • Spread granola mixture out on baking sheet. Press down with a spatula to form an even layer and pack the granola tight (this well help clusters form during baking).
  • Bake 23-25 minutes until mostly dry and the edges are golden brown. For optimal clusters, don't stir the granola. However, if you notice the edges browning too quickly, gently stir the granola halfway through but try not to break it up too much.
  • The granola will continue to dry out and get crunchy as it cools. Place on a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, use your hands to break the granola into chunks.

**Notes

Almond Butter: You can swap for other nut/seed butters like peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini, or sunflower seed butter.
Puffed Rice: You can swap for another puffed grain like millet, wheat, or kamut, or use crispy rice cereal. 
Nuts: Use chopped or halved nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews.
Seeds: My favorites include pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

Nutrition per serving: 240 kcal / 13g fat / 1.5g sat fat / 29g carbs / 4g fiber / 6g sugar / 7g protein / 27mg sodium

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