Homemade granola is more than just a breakfast cereal, so let’s get creative and think outside the cereal box. Whipping up a batch of Spiced Maple Nut Granola will fill your home with a warm, spiced scent — and fill your belly with a nutritious snack.
This recipe makes a slightly sweet and low-fat granola which can be prepared gluten-free (using gluten-free oats) or vegan (substitute honey with brown sugar and butter with coconut oil). Plus, you can get a batch into the oven in under ten minutes.
Uses for Spiced Maple Nut Granola
- Add to the batter of pumpkin or zucchini bread, muffins or pancakes.
- Top a bowl of ice cream with granola and fresh fruit.
- Enjoy a warm bowl of granola by adding steamed milk, a drizzle of honey and fresh fruit.
- Make your own trail mix by adding extra nuts, dried fruits or chocolate morsels.
- Sprinkle some on a mixed greens salad.
- Blend into a smoothies for extra flavor or sprinkle on top as a crunchy treat.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 cup walnut pieces or cashew halves
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 6 tablespoons apple, peach or pumpkin butter, or applesauce
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground clove
- 1 cup coconut flakes (sweetened or unsweetened)
- 1 cup dried fruit
- Combine the rolled oats and nuts in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Combine the maple syrup, fruit butter, oil, honey, vanilla, almond extract, spices and salt in a small bowl; mix until smooth. Add the maple syrup mixture to the rolled oats. Stir until the dry ingredients are evenly coated.
- Spread the granola on a 13 x 18-inch sheet pan, lined with parchment paper.
- Bake in a preheated 250ºF oven for 45 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes. At 45 minutes, add the coconut flakes and dried fruit. Bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool completely before storing in a tightly sealing jar.
I take my granola on vacation. Yep! Saves me some calories and still makes for a yummy breakfast. I miss this view…