When I first arrived in Gibsons, my host welcomed me with a bag of freshly baked maple granola, homemade croissants, and self-roasted coffee beans. Despite my jetlag, I had one of the best breakfasts the next morning, thanks to her and her husband for the homemade treats. The next couple weeks, I asked her for her homemade maple granola recipe and made a batch on my own. I adapted the recipe slightly based on what I had in my pantry. It was sumptuous.
Since then, I never purchased granola from the store. This homemade maple granola recipe is simply great. I eat it a few times a week with greek yogurt or homemade milk kefir, fresh fruits, and honey.
The best thing is, this can stored for a weeks in an airtight container (I recommend a maximum of two weeks for freshness).
Feel free to add any combination of nuts or dried fruits you enjoy. Just keep in mind that baked nuts and certain seeds have already gone through some cooking process (nobody wants to eat burnt nuts), so you want to add them only when you have already baked the granola halfway through. I usually do this at the 12-13th minute of my baking time. =)
This sumptuous homemade maple granola can be made with the ingredients you already have in your pantry. Once you have this, you'll never buy granola again. I love eating my granola with greek yogurt or milk kefir, fresh fruits, and honey.
- 3 cups Large Flake Oats or Quick Oats It really depends on how small you want your flakes to be
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans raw (if already baked/roasted, add these in only halfway through the baking time)
- 1/4 cup chopped brazil nuts raw (if already baked/roasted, add these in only halfway through the baking time)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 325º.
In a large bowl combine the oats, cinnamon, seeds, nuts, and salt together.
Stir in maple syrup and sugar. Gently keep stirring until all the oats are coated with the syrup blend.
Spread the granola mixture onto a baking sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for roughly 25-30 minutes until golden and toasty. Check the granola half way through baking time and take it out to stir gently. Set it back into the oven afterwards.
After the granola has completed its baking time, remove it from the oven and allow the pan to cool completely. Then, pour the cooled granola into an air-tight container.
*I love how baking this makes your whole house smell heavenly.