This recipe for maple-tahini granola comes out of the oven extra crunchy with giant clusters that are perfect for pairing with Greek yogurt – or if you’re vegan, plant-based milk. Sweet, nutty, and filled with healthy ingredients like oats, nuts, and seeds. But best of all, it’s easy to make!

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Hello, my name is Alex, and I have an obsession with homemade granola! I love the sweet smell as it bakes and the crunchy, better-than-store-bought clusters you’re rewarded with at the end. And as a Registered Dietitian, I appreciate that I can limit the amount of added sugar and use high quality, nutritious ingredients.

This maple-tahini granola is one of my favorite recipes with tahini! The tahini helps all the ingredients stick together create giant granola clusters. In addition to tahini, this recipe is packed with old fashioned rolled oats, nuts, sesame seeds, coconut, and spices.

More nutritionally balanced breakfast recipes to try: nutritious recipes with oats, homemade gluten free granola, homemade vegan granola, and healthy honey nut granola.

This recipe makes about 8 cups of granola, or 24 1/3rd cup servings. From start to finish, it takes about 45 minutes to prepare.

Step-by-step video

Ingredients in maple-tahini granola

Here are the ingredients you need to make this granola recipe:

  • Old fashioned rolled oats
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Tahini
  • Maple syrup
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Salt
  • Sesame seeds
  • Raisins

Ingredient substitution suggestions

If you don’t have some of those ingredients on hand, don’t fret! You can make substitutions based on what you have stocked in your pantry right now. Here are some recommendations:

  • Swap pecans and slivered almonds for other nuts. I think cashews, pistachios, and walnuts would all be wonderful in this recipe.
  • Sub honey or agave for maple syrup. Use whatever liquid sweetener you prefer. I personally love the flavor maple syrup adds to granola, but it’s definitely not the only option.
  • Swap chia seeds or hemp hearts for sesame seeds. Or just eliminate the seeds altogether, no biggie!
  • Use a creamy nut butter in place of tahini. Kind of defeats the purpose of “tahini” granola, but creamy peanut butter or almond butter would substitute just fine in this recipe. In fact, I am tempted to try them myself! Just make sure you are using natural creamy nut butter – no other ingredients besides nuts. We want that runny texture!
Bowl of tahini granola on a light grey backdrop surrounded by small ramekins with raw ingredients

How to make maple-tahini granola

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a metal baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl: oats, nuts, cinnamon, cardamom, shredded coconut, salt, and sesame seeds.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl: tahini, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla extract. Mix them thoroughly into the dry ingredients.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet. Press it down to form a single layer of granola.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.
  7. Let the granola cool completely to room temperature. This is important because it allows the granola to harden, making for giant clusters!
  8. Use your hands to break up the granola into clusters.
  9. Mix in the raisins.

How to store granola

You can store homemade granola in an airtight container. I prefer to store it in a wide shallow container instead of a jar because the clusters hold together better.

Granola will keep fresh for 7 to 10 days stored at room temperature, or about 3 weeks when stored in the fridge.

Can you freeze granola?

Yes, if you have extra granola, you can freeze it! 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.

Baking tray of tahini granola

Old fashioned rolled oats nutrition benefits

Old fashioned rolled oats are a very nutritious and affordable food to have in your diet. One half cup of dried oats contains 3 grams of dietary fiber, 5 grams of plant-based protein, and several micronutrients like iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin A.

About half of the fiber in oats comes from soluble fiber. This type of fiber has particular heart health benefits, because it can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol in your blood. Aim to get 5-10 grams of soluble fiber per day in your diet to reap the cholesterol lowering benefits.

Almonds nutrition benefits

Almonds are a good source of plant-based protein and several micronutrients. One ounce of almonds provides:

  • 6 grams of protein
  • 3.5 grams of dietary fiber (7 percent of your daily needs)
  • 14 grams of fat, most of which is unsaturated fat
  • An excellent source of manganese, magnesium, and vitamin E

Tahini nutrition benefits

Tahini is packed with vitamins and minerals A two tablespoon serving of tahini provides:

  • 4.8 grams of plant-based protein
  • 2.6 grams of dietary fiber (9 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.346 mg thiamine (29 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.134 mg riboflavin (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 1.545 mg niacin (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 9.75 mcg selenium (18 percent of your daily needs)
  • 120.77 mg calcium (9 percent of your daily needs)
  • 2.54 mg iron (14 percent of your daily needs)

While tahini is high in fat, a majority of the fat comes from heart healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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Bowl of tahini granola on a light grey backdrop surrounded by small ramekins with raw ingredients

Tahini Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 68 cups 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This recipe for maple-tahini granola comes out of the oven extra crunchy with giant clusters that are perfect for pairing with Greek yogurt or if you’re vegan,plant-based milk. Sweet, nutty, and filled with healthy ingredients like oats, nuts,and seeds. But best of all, it’s easy to make!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup slivered or whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine oats, pecans, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, salt, and sesame seeds in a large mixing bowl. Mix together
  3. To the same bowl, add the coconut oil, maple syrup, tahini, and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix everything up so the wet ingredients are well incorporated and coat all the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour granola onto prepared baking sheet. Use your hands to press it down into a single layer.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Let granola cool completely in a single sheet. Then, use your hands to gently break into clusters. Toss with the raisins.

Notes

How to store granola

You can store homemade granola in an airtight container. I prefer to store it in a wide shallow container instead of a jar because the clusters hold together better.

Granola will keep fresh for 7 to 10 days stored at room temperature, or about 3 weeks when stored in the fridge.

Can you freeze granola?

Yes, if you have extra granola, you can freeze it! 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.

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