Maple Pecan Granola: Your Go-To Recipe for Morning Energy

Looking for a delightful and nutritious breakfast option that will kickstart your day with a burst of flavor and energy? Look no further than this mouthwatering Maple Pecan Granola recipe. Packed with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, nuts, and a touch of sweetness from maple syrup, this homemade granola is a perfect balance of taste and nutrition. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the simple steps to create your own batch of crispy, golden-brown Maple Pecan Granola that will have your taste buds singing.

What can you use Granola for?

Granola is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in a variety of ways. Here’s a few uses for granola:

Breakfast Cereal: Enjoy granola with milk or yogurt for a nutritious and satisfying breakfast.

Yogurt Parfait: Layer granola, yogurt, and fresh fruits to create a colorful and flavorful parfait.

Trail Mix: Combine granola with nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips to create your own trail mix.

Salad Enhancer: Add granola to salads for a unique crunch and a touch of sweetness.

Savory Dishes: Experiment by using savory granola as a topping for soups, salads, or roasted vegetables.

Where did granola come from?

Granola’s origins date back to the 19th century in the United States, rooted in the health and vegetarian movements of the time. Dr. James Caleb Jackson, a nutrition-focused physician, is credited with creating an early version of granola called “granula” at his health spa in upstate New York during the 1860s. However, legal conflicts over the name arose. Concurrently, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg developed a similar cereal named “granula.” The concept of granola as we recognize it today took shape in the 1960s and 1970s with the rise of the natural foods movement and counterculture. Homemade granola gained popularity, and commercial versions emerged. John Schleifer, a co-founder of Back to Nature, played a significant role in popularizing granola during this period. Associated with health-conscious and alternative lifestyles, granola became a symbol of nutritious and energy-rich eating. Who knew!

Here’s what you’ll need to make Maple Pecan Granola

Equipment:

Mixing Bowl

Saucepan

Baking Sheet Pan

Ingredients:

Maple Pecan Granola

Rolled oats – quick oats work as well.

Pecans – you can also use walnut or almonds.

Brown sugar

Maple syrup – I recommend using pure maple syrup but you can use artificial as well.

Vegetable oil – canola works great too.

Vanilla extract

Salt

Ground cinnamon

Raisins or craisins – these are optional.

How to make Maple Pecan Granola

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Line a baking sheet with either foil or parchment paper. This step prevents the granola from sticking and makes for easy cleanup.

In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of rolled oats with the chopped pecans. The nuts adds a delightful crunch and richness to your granola.

In a saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, maple syrup, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, salt, and ground cinnamon. Heat this mixture over medium heat, allowing it to come to a gentle boil. The warm, aromatic blend of maple and cinnamon will infuse your granola with irresistible flavor.

Carefully pour the sweet syrup mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl. Use a spoon to thoroughly coat the oats and nuts, ensuring an even distribution of flavors.

Spread the coated mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, creating an even layer. This step ensures that the granola bakes evenly, resulting in a crispy texture.

Maple Pecan Granola

Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remember to stir the granola halfway through to ensure even toasting. This step guarantees a golden-brown color and a delectable crunch in every bite.

Once the granola is beautifully crispy and toasted, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. If you’re a fan of chewy fruitiness, stir in a cup of raisins or craisins. This optional step adds a burst of tangy sweetness to complement the nutty flavors.

Congratulations! Your Maple Pecan Granola is done!

You’ve just created a batch of delectable Maple Granola that’s perfect for a wholesome breakfast or a satisfying snack. The combination of rolled oats, nuts, and the natural sweetness of maple syrup will keep you coming back for more. Plus, with the flexibility to customize by adding raisins or craisins, you can tailor this recipe to your taste preferences.

Maple Pecan Granola

Maple Pecan Granola recipe. Packed with wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, nuts, and a touch of sweetness from maple syrup, this homemade granola is a perfect balance of taste and nutrition.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups Rolled oats
  • 1 cup Chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Raisins or craisins optional

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Line a baking sheet with either foil or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, combine 4 cups of rolled oats with the chopped pecans.
  • In a saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, maple syrup, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, salt, and ground cinnamon. Heat this mixture over medium heat, allowing it to come to a gentle boil.
  • Carefully pour the sweet syrup mixture over the dry ingredients in the bowl. Use a spoon to thoroughly coat the oats and nuts.
  • Spread the coated mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, creating an even layer.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remember to stir the granola halfway through to ensure even toasting.
  • Once the granola is beautifully crispy and toasted, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool. If you're a fan of chewy fruitiness, stir in a cup of raisins or craisins (optional).
Keyword Granola, Maple, Pecan

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