Homemade Maple & Oats Granola

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I’ve struggled for years to make a granola I genuinely like. I’ve made plenty too. Some from recipes, some from my own inventions. I find they are either too crunchy, too dry or too sweet. I can’t win!! I’m also all about texture, which makes me incredibly opinionated when it comes to meals like this one.

I finally have one I like. My husband likes it too, and that’s saying something!

I was inspired by the idea of toasting the oats and nuts for a good amount of time before adding in the sweetener. That made total sense to me, and was worth trying.

I tried it on a morning I had to wake up early. I’m literally sleep training myself to get back on the kids’ school schedule before they go back next week. 😂 I measured the oats with the nuts and sprinkled them on the baking tray.

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While they were toasting, I mixed together the maple syrup with the butter and seasonings.

I pulled out the granola and poured it into a medium sized bowl. Then I drizzled the seasoned syrup over it and stir it until combined.

I put a piece of parchment paper on the same tray that had just been used for toasting. Then I scooped out the granola onto the parchment paper and cooked for another 7 minutes.

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After it cooled, I broke it up into granola pieces and put it in a Tupperware to store for mornings I know I’ll be rushed. Like say, the next few weeks as we transition into school!!

Easy Breakfast Ideas

I also have a conference coming up and wanted to have some quick and healthy options I could easily pack and take with me.

You need some quick and easy breakfasts in your life! Make my waffles on a weekend and freeze them! They are so simple to heat up for 30 seconds and take on the go. Oh and just so ya know, the recipe calls for a little bit of butter and maple syrup, so I end to eat these try and still feel they are sweet enough. One of my kids (and my husband) eats them as a waffle peanut butter sandwich too.

Another great option are these applesauce oatmeal muffins. They freeze well too. I like to make mine in the evening, freeze them and pull them out a couple at a time in the mornings. I can easily grab 4 muffins, microwave them for 20 seconds and get the kids in the car and go. All while knowing they are getting a great meal to start their day-even if I’m in a hurry.

Homemade Maple & Oats Granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 cups granola

Serving Size: 1/2 cup granola

Calories per serving: 317

Fat per serving: 12 g

Saturated fat per serving: 2.168 g

Carbs per serving: 49.3 g

Protein per serving: 6.491 g

Fiber per serving: 4.539 g

Sugar per serving: 23.7 g

Sodium per serving: 6.532 mg

This granola will store in a sealed container for 2-3 weeks. It is a great time saver in the mornings! I love it over a bowl of almond milk.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp butter or ghee, softened or even melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Toast the oats and nuts by placing them on a baking trap for 15 minutes, flipping once.
  3. Remove from the oven a pour the granola mixture into a large bowl.
  4. Add in the raisins and pour the wet ingredients over it. Stir completely.
  5. Line the same baking tray with parchment paper.
  6. Pour granola onto the parchment paper and bake for 5-7 more minutes.
  7. Allow to cool, then break apart into pieces.
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I hope you enjoy this homemade granola. It will save you so much time in the mornings!

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