Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola

Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola
Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola

“Hidden sugars,” I’m sure I’ve said, with sass loaded into my voice, about granola. When I have an opinion, I can get sassy about it — and I’ve been a bit down on granola before. In some ways, rightly so: the store bought kind is usually full of sugar, despite the “healthy” aura granola has compared to other cereals.

But homemade granola deserves a second look. I admit it. There are no hidden sugars when you’re doing the cooking, and even better you can tweak and adjust and make a version that totally fits your tastes.

Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola
Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola

In this recipe, the only sweetener is maple syrup (the flavor of maple syrup is perfect with oats in the morning). Everything else in the bowl is simple, too: rolled oats, pecan pieces, butter, chia seeds, ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Add that all to a bowl, mix it up, and toast it — you’re on your way to a delicious morning bowl! Easy peasy lemon squeezey. 🍋

The house and my clothes smelled like maple and cinnamon for a full day after pulling a big tray out of the oven. ✨

Pictured here: Granola, blueberries and banana in my breakfast bowl, topped with milk. BUT we also enjoyed this granola with yogurt (adds great crunch!) and as a desk snack (still have a jar-full for next week!).

Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola

Cinnamon Maple Pecan Granola

Published February 5, 2019 by
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Yields: 2.5 cups   |    Active Time: 40 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
    2. In the bottom of a large microwave-safe bowl, melt coconut/butter. Add: oats, pecan pieces, chia seeds, salt, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Use a spatula to stir until everything is evenly distributed.
    3. Spread oat mixture on prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.
    4. Allow to cool and store in an air-tight contain. Serve with fruit and milk like cereal, eat plain as a snack, or sprinkle over yogurt for a parfait.
    5. Store in an air-tight container.

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    Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

    Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

    Cereal was more of a snack than a breakfast for me as a kid. I had no taste for milk and preferred to eat my cereal dry, from a ziplock bag. Further, I didn't even like to eat breakfast. Instead, I enjoyed sugary puffs of oats and other cereals as a mid-morning treat when not eating breakfast finally caught up to me, or after school, when it was easy to grab the box and munch away.

    I don't miss cereal often, I think just for that reason: it was never a fixed item in agenda, nor was a bowl of cereal and milk all that crave-able. But when I start thinking about parfaits--about the soft sweetness and gentle crunch that granola adds to a bowl of yogurt- then I'm in for. 

    Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

    Granola is arguably yogurt's best friend, right next to fresh blueberries. It adds just the right texture to something that is otherwise in need of a bit of bite, and add a sweet flavor that is worth craving. 

    When I got a package of mulberries in the mail from Anthony's Goods, I knew right when they were headed: homemade grain-free granola! Perfect parfait, here I come. 

    Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola
    Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

    Made with coconut and slivered almonds, I knew this granola would be crunchy. What surprised me was how the mulberries became perfect little cereal puffs when toasted: lightly sweet and fruity, crunchy (but also puff), and the key ingredient to making this Paleo-friendly granola the best I've ever tried. 

    Moral of the story: mulberries. 

    Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

    Anthony's Goods provided me with product for this blog post, but the recipes and opinions are all my own. Working with brands to develop wholesome recipes is one way I keep Foraged Dish going! Anthony's Goods helps me stock the pantry and keep the blog going. I only work with brands that I truly enjoy and use.  

    Grain-Free Mulberry Nut Granola

    Paleo, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free,    |       |    Print This Recipe

    Mulberries turn into puffy, crunchy bites when toasted in this granola. When paired with coconut and almonds, it makes a delicious cereal!

    Serves: 4   |    Total Time:



    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup dates, whole
    • 1/2 cup coconut
    • 1/4 cup mulberries
    • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/16 teaspoon cardamom
    • Dash salt

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Then, remove the pits from the dates if they are not already pitted. Place pitted dates in bowl of food processor and pulse until the dats are minced and for sticky crumbs. Add the spices and salt to the food processor and pulse until combined.
    2. Add the coconut to the food processor, and pulse 1-2 times, just enough to combine the coconut with the date paste (we don’t want to grind the coconut up too small, just mix it in). Repeat with the slivered almonds.
    3. Scrape mixture into small bowl and fold in mulberries. Turn mixture out on baking sheet and break apart into small chunks (like crumble). Bake for 8-10 minutes, until coconut is golden and almonds are toasted. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before serving over yogurt to make a parfait, or serving with milk of choice as cereal.

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