Look, I know you don’t think you need anything else to make from scratch in the kitchen. I get it, but…this is a must try. Homemade Maple Granola is something you have to make from scratch at least once. You’ll save money, your house will smell divine, and your kids will think you’re the coolest ever (maybe, idk).
Make it Your Way
One of the best things about this recipe is how customizable it is. Don’t like walnuts? Leave them out! Need to make it gluten free? Go for it! You could also sub honey for the maple, but I’ve never enjoyed my homemade granola near as much without the maple syrup as my sweetener of choice.
Much like my Homemade Bone Broth Mac N Cheese Recipe, it’s super easy to make it your way with this super versatile recipe.
Where to Buy Ingredients
The more of these ingredients you buy in bulk, the more affordable this granola becomes. Utilizing places like Costco, Azure Standard (learn more about Azure here), and Thrive Market are great to price shop and save tons with compared to just picking up something at the local grocery store. This post provides a quick comparison break down for an idea of modern day coupon clipping.
Add this to your bowl of yogurt on your Simple Meal Plan Rotation and your full belly will be happy you made it yourself!
These are my favorite oats to get from Azure, they’re gluten-free! I also purchase raw, organic nuts and seeds as well from Azure! My maple syrup budget is currently only Costco friendly, but if it weren’t I’d be getting this really good stuff in bulk from Azure, too.
I like to use refined organic coconut oil by Nutiva for the oil content. Refined coconut oil has no taste. But if you and your family enjoy the extra coconut flavor, feel free to use un-refined!
Invest in Quality Spices for Your Homemade Maple Granola
I can’t express enough how amazing fresh, high-quality spices are in your kitchen. They’ll last WAY longer if stored correctly, and there’s just nothing better. I buy all of my spices from Mountain Rose Herbs, and store them in glass spice jars and mason jars to keep them fresh.
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||40 minutes|
|Passive Time||40 minutes|
- 6 cups rolled oats sprouted is best
- 3 cups mixed nuts of choice pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc.
- 3 cups mixed seeds of choice pumpkin, sunflower, flax, sesame, poppy, etc. (optional)
- 2 cups dried coconut flakes (optional)
- 2 tsp ceylon cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- 1 tsp cardamom (optional)
- 2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1.5 cups maple syrup can use 1 cup if desire less sweet
- 1 cup melted, refined coconut oil can also use unrefined
- 2 Tb vanilla extract (optional)
- 2 cups dried fruit of choice cherries, raisins, craisins, blueberries, pineapple, mango, strawberries, etc. (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare at least two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Get out your largest mixing bowl and mix well oats, nuts, seeds, dried coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and salt.
- In a separate bowl, mix together your melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
- Pour liquid mixture over dried mixture and stir very well.
- Spread over a prepared baking sheets in a layer about 1/4-1/2″ thick and bake for 20 minutes.
- After the first 20 minutes, carefully stir granola and bake an additional 20 minutes. Granola will be toasty and smell divine! (If you’re adding dried fruit, add it immediately after removing from the oven and stir it into the granola directly on the pan, then proceed to next step.)
- Allow to cool completely on the pans, and store in an air-tight container or freeze in batches if you need to store it for an extended amount of time.
Enjoy like a bowl of cereal, top your yogurt parfait, or just crunch on as a snack! Once you make this at home, you’ll probably rarely buy it from a store again!
Be sure to tag @cultivating.motherhood if you make it and share it online! I love seeing you use my recipes!
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