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Healthy Maple Pecan Granola with Rolled Oats

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  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh, RD
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: makes about 6 cups 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Maple pecan granola is a vegan granola recipe filled with big clusters of oats and pecans – yum! This healthy homemade granola is packed with nutritious ingredients including rolled oats, pecans, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, it’s super easy to make and bakes up in about 35 minutes.


Ingredients

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  • 2 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup rice crisp cereal
  • 1 cup raw pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a medium sized baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: rolled oats, rice crisp cereal, pecans, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Mix together.
    granola ingredients in a mixing bowl stirred up with a wooden spoon
  3. Add the wet ingredients: maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Mix together until well combined.
    granola ingredients in a mixing bowl stirred up with a wooden spoon
  4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet. Press it down into a single layer using your mixing spoon or hands.
    granola on a baking sheet before baking
  5. Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes, undisturbed, until edges are golden brown.
    Baked granola on a baking sheet
  6. Let the granola cool completely, then use your hands to break it up into large clusters.
    granola clusters on a baking sheet on a white backdrop

Notes

How long does homemade granola last?

Store granola in an airtight container for up to two weeks on the countertop. If you keep it in your fridge it will last about 3 weeks!

Store homemade granola in a wide and shallow rectangular container – this keeps the clusters together better than a tall and narrow container.

Can you freeze granola? Yes, you can freeze leftover granola! Store in an airtight container with as little air as possible, such as in a silicone baggie. Freeze for up to 3 months. Eat it straight from the freezer, or let it sit out at room temperature overnight before enjoying.