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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Naturally Sweetened Maple Pecan Granola

Do not click out of your browser!  Granola is easy and simple to make.  Do not be afraid.  Less than 5 minutes to mix the ingredients together and an hour later your house smells like a bakery.

I really like this recipe as it does not make a TON like some batches I've made.  This batch filled a quart jar of mine and baked in a 9x13 baking dish.  All things we have on hand. Better yet, it stays fresh for a long time.  Not that it lasts very long, but I've eaten this 2-3 weeks after I made it and it still tastes great.

Do you love pecan pie?  Well, that is what I was envisioning when I made this version.....without all the fat and sugar.  That's right - today is a healthy recipe!  You can be proud while eating this and most importantly serving it to your family.

My favorite way is as a topper with oatmeal, but it's also great eaten plain as cereal.  And of course, eaten on yogurt or just by the handful for a snack.

You really can't go wrong.

In fact, lately I've kept a baggie of it in my purse, as it's been a crazy week and somehow this granola seems to perk up my mood a little when I need a snack {which is often!}.

With only 7 ingredients {all of which I'm sure you have in your pantry} this is simple, economical and tasty. Please give this one a try and let me know what you think.

Naturally Sweetened Maple Pecan Granola

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2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 c. pure maple syrup
1/4 c. honey
2 T. olive oil
3/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. salt

1.  Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
2.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
3.  In a bowl combine dry ingredients, then add in wet ingredients.
4.  Stir to combine, coating everything.
5.  Pour into the baking dish.
6.  Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
7.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool, stirring again about 5 minutes out of the oven.
8.  Store in an airtight container.

This granola also makes a great gift.  I've made it multiple times and given baggies out to friends with the recipe, just so they could try it.

I get a little pushy with my recipes sometimes:)

Have you ever made your own granola?

Would you like to comment?

  1. You're right... I DO have 6 of the 7 things in my pantry. I'm just missing the pecans but have almonds. I like that this makes a fairly small batch and is simple. I may have to make this this weekend. :)

  2. Yes I do make my own granola in batches of 8 cups of oats at a time. Last time I made granola I made FOUR batches!! It freezes well. I also use honey as my sweetener. You can also add dried fruits, coconut, the list goes on and on. YUM!!

  3. LeAnn @ Real Fit, Real Food MoMarch 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Yes, I love making homemade granola! So easy--no reason to ever buy it from the store. And much better for you when you use natural sweeteners and only 'real' ingredients. :) This looks great!

  4. How easy is this?! I had a granola recipe that I've used many, many times, but lately it hasn't been turning out well for me. Weird. I'm going to give this one a shot :) Thanks for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays!