Easy, Healthy Maple Granola Recipe

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Maple Granola served in a bowl with fresh berries

This homemade healthy maple granola recipe is a great alternative to store bought granola. Easy to make and it keeps for several weeks, meaning that you have a healthy breakfast ready to go on those busy mornings!

Maple Granola served in two bowls

I love the idea of granola.

Sweet, crispy oats paired with nuts, seeds, and fruit – it feels like a treat for breakfast every day.

My only issue with granola is that it always ends up being super high in sugar and calories, because most store bought granolas are made with way too much sugar, unhealthy fats, and dried fruit that also has added sugar to it!

Luckily, it is super easy and quick to make your own granola at home, and it actually tastes even better than the store-bought variety. It also stores really well — you can keep it in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

How to make Healthy Maple Granola – Step by Step

It’s so quick and easy to make this homemade breakfast!

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread oats and quinoa on a parchment lined baking sheet, toast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  2. Remove oats/quinoa from the oven, pour into a bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients.
  3. Spread back onto a baking sheet, and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

Close up of Maple Granola in a large bowl

What is in healthy maple granola?

This particular granola has all of the fixings of the traditional variety: toasted rolled oats, almonds, pecans, pistachios, and a small amount of dried fruit of your choice (to limit the amount of added sugar!). But there are some fun, new add-ins too: toasted quinoa, ground flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, and coconut oil for some healthy fats!

How to serve maple granola

The way I like to eat granola for breakfast is: I start with a bowl full of low-glycemic fruit (about 1-1.5 cups of chopped apples, pears, and berries). Then I top the bowl with about 1/4 cup of granola, and then 6-8oz of low fat plain Greek Yogurt. It’s super filling, and only about 300 calories total for breakfast. It’s also a great healthy snack straight out of the box!

A Vegan Granola Recipe with one simple swap

Because this granola is made with maple syrup instead of honey it is vegan friendly. To keep it 100% plant based, you can serve it with an unsweetened non-dairy milk, such as coconut or almond, or your favorite unsweetened vegan yogurt.

How to make kid-friendly granola

Here are my favorite tips for making granola kid friendly:

  1. Let your kids pick out their own toppings
  2. Get them involved in the granola making process! Little hands are great for stirring up the granola, spreading it on the baking sheet, etc.
  3. Let them divide up the granola into individual portions for them to grab on their own in the morning.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and it becomes a staple at your breakfast table!

Maple Granola served in a bowl with fresh berries

Top tips for making Healthy Maple Granola

  • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • Use your favorite dried fruits in this recipe.
  • To save time, get a bag of mixed nuts and chop them up (that way you don’t have to add each type of nut individually!)
  • Serve with unsweetened Greek yogurt for more of a protein hit!

Skinny Maple Granola

Storebought granola often comes with far too much sugar and feels very heavy. Make your own skinny granola at home to control the ingredients.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 127kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 8 Tbsp Sliced Almonds/Cashews/Pistachios
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Dried Fruit Raisins, Cherries, Cranberries – just make sure there is no sugar added
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread oats and quinoa on a parchment lined baking sheet, toast in the oven for 10 minutes, stirring once.
  • Remove oats/quinoa from the oven, pour into a bowl and add all of the remaining ingredients.
  • Spread back onto a baking sheet, and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden.

Notes

Top tips for making Healthy Maple Granola

  • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
  • Use your favorite dried fruits in this recipe.
  • To save time, get a bag of mixed nuts and chop them up (that way you don’t have to add each type of nut individually!)
  • Serve with unsweetened Greek yogurt for more of a protein hit!

Inspired by ForagedLove

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6.5g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Sodium: 17mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 6g

Source: The Picky Eater

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