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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Maple Pecan Granola

Maple Pecan Granola is another easy-to-make granola with no refined sugar. With only about 30 minutes in the oven, why buy granola, when homemade is this easy? 

Who likes having breakfast easy enough so that everyone can serve themselves? I see, look at all of you in agreement! So it isn't just me. I love mornings, but I don't always want to cook a big breakfast. Granola is perfect for the serve yourself breakfast club. Maple Pecan Granola like our other favorite Honey Almond Granola offers variety while serving up good nutrition. 

Each flavor of our homemade granola calls for pumpkin seeds as part of the ingredients list. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium along with crunch and a delicious nutty flavor. That was new information to me when I began learning the nutritional value of the different ingredients included in our granola recipes. And it turns out magnesium is one of those minerals we need each day.  

Fortunately, homemade granola, when made with healthy ingredients provides a powerhouse of nutrition to start your day! Plus, it tastes really good! Please note, while I am not a nutritionist, but I have researched which foods provide needed nutrients for good health, in order to choose quality ingredients not only for my recipes but also for yours.   

The one thing I have learned when working with natural sweeteners is that honey is sweeter than maple syrup, and maple syrup is wetter than honey. You will notice this recipe for Maple Pecan Granola does take a few more minutes to bake up crisp. 

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
  • oatmeal
  • pecans or walnuts if preferred
  • raw pumpkin seeds
  • shredded coconut
  • coconut oil
  • Maple Syrup
  • salt
  • vanilla
You will also need the following:
  • large bowl
  • stirring spoon
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • large baking pan
  • storage container with a tight-fitting lid
Now we are ready to get started!

How to make Maple Pecan Granola!
Maple Pecan Granola.

Maple Pecan Granola
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

5 c oatmeal
1 1/2 - 2 c broken pecan pieces or walnuts if desired
1 c pumpkin seeds
1 c coconut shreds – unsweetened

1/2  c coconut oil, melted
1 - 1 1/2 c Real Maple Syrup use full measure for sweet granola*
1/4 t salt
1 t vanilla

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Melt the coconut oil stir in the maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. 

Pour over the oat mixture, stir well to coat each piece evenly. 
Transfer to a large flat roasting pan. 

How to make 30 Minute Maple Pecan Granola.

Bake 15 minutes, stir well, bringing contents from the corner of the pan to the center, and from the bottom of the pan to the top. 

Bake 10 more minutes, stir once again, bake the final 5-10 minutes, or until a deeper golden brown color is achieved. 

* NOTE: the full measure of maple syrup will make "wetter" granola, which may require additional baking time to dry and crisp up. You may also use a jelly roll style pan to allow more surface space assisting in the baking process. 

Let cool in the pan for 10 -12 minutes, you may stir gently if needed, but usually real maple syrup does not stick together.

Let cool completely. Transfer to a lidded container, keep sealed tightly for freshness. 

How to make 30 Minute Maple Pecan Granola.
For variety or when my pantry is out of pecans, I make Maple Pecan Granola, with walnuts. The walnut version is also delicious!

You may be interested in trying our Honey Almond Granola, the recipe may be found here.



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