Made with rolled oats, pecans, a mixture of seeds, and sweetened with maple syrup, this maple granola is full of flavor, fiber, and healthy fats.
For many, breakfast is the hardest meal of the day. Once you’ve hit the snooze button and slept past the alarm, it doesn’t leave much time to whip up a full breakfast before running out the door! I know when I worked in an office, I would wait until the last possible minute to leave the house, leaving just enough time to grab a coffee and a muffin before going to work. But the thing was, it never really set me up for a day of success or allowed me to feel my best.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, breakfast really sets the tone for your hunger cues and energy for the rest of the day, and kicking things off with a bowl of cereal, bagel, and cream cheese, or a sugar-loaded muffin is less than ideal. The key to a good breakfast is one that is well-balanced with protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to ensure that it balances your blood sugar, gives you energy, and can take you to lunch without feeling hungry within hours. In fact, if you struggle to make it to lunch, and always need a mid-morning snack (like I used to), it is a really good sign that your breakfast choice isn’t working for you!
Although there may seem to be lots of “healthy” granolas and cereals in the grocery store, when you dive a little deeper you realize they are not always so healthy after all. Often loaded with added sugar and sweeteners, they are more of a dessert than a healthy morning breakfast. The good news is, making granola at home is SO easy! In fact, it was one of the first things I taught myself to make because it is that simple.
Of course, it may take a little longer at first, but the more you practice in the kitchen and the more comfortable you get, the quicker and easier it is. Meal prepping used to take me hours (and create a huge mess), but now that I’m more confident in the kitchen, I can get an entire week of meal prep done easily in under an hour. You don’t need to know how to cook a thousand recipes you just need a couple of staple recipes in your toolkit to get started.
Trust me, this simple and healthy maple nut and seed granola will beat the store-bought stuff any day! Simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, add them to a baking sheet, and sit back and relax while the oven does the work and the aroma of sweet maple syrup fills the house.
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Maple Nut and Seed Granola
This maple nut and seed granola calls for a combination of walnuts, pecan, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds but feel free to use any combination you like.
- Prep Time: 10 mi
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 2 minute
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- 2 1⁄2 cups rolled oats
- 1⁄2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1⁄2 cup pecans, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1⁄4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup maple syrup + 1 tablespoon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients; oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients; coconut oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup (except extra tablespoon).
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir well to ensure everything is well combined.
- Spread out the granola in an even layer on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven 25-30 minutes or until golden and crispy, stirring halfway through. Keep an eye on it to ensure it does not burn.
- Once cooked, removed from the oven, and drizzle the remaining tablespoon of maple syrup while it is still hot.
- Allow to cool and store in a jar or airtight container for up to one week.
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 258 calories
- Sugar: 8 grams
- Fat: 21 grams
- Carbohydrates: 16 grams
- Fiber: 3 grams
- Protein: 4 grams