Maple Cinnamon Granola | Granola is so easy to make at home and super easy to customize. This delicious recipe features oats, nuts, and coconut and the cozy flavors of pure maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Try your homemade cinnamon granola like cereal with milk, in yogurt parfaits, or on top of a smoothie bowl.
Granola is a wonderful recipe to make at home, for a few reasons.
- Making your own granola is easy - just mix and bake.
- You can customize the flavors.
- It's more budget-friendly than buying the same amount of granola - oats are usually a great price.
- The aromas in the kitchen are dreamy.
- Made with pantry staples.
- Fresher than store-bought granola.
- Great for meal prep!
I prefer using half large flake oats and half rolled oats, (just like in my overnight oats recipes) because I like their texture and I like a crunchy granola.
Making homemade cinnamon granola is easier than you think and makes your kitchen smell so cozy.
I like to use this granola in a parfait as shown in the picture, layered with Greek yogurt and topped with maple syrup.
You can also pair it with milk and eat it like cereal, or try it with strawberry milk from our sister site The Veggie Yaya. You can also top a mango smoothie bowl, or a strawberry smoothie bowl like on our other sister site My Plant Based Bowl.
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
- Oats: 4 cups of oats make up the base of this recipe. I like to make sure to use at least half this amount of large flake oats because they have a nice crunchy texture when baked. I use rolled oats for the rest. Make sure to use rolled oats and not quick oats - quick oats would bake a lot faster.
- Coconut: I use unsweetened coconut in my granola, this adds great flavor and texture. Sometimes I use large coconut flakes as you can see in the photo above. I'll just break them up by hand when adding them in.
- Mixed nuts: You can use any combination of mixed nuts for this recipe. Leave them whole or chop them. Gives a little crunch.
- Maple Syrup: adds sweetness and helps stick everything together.
- Butter: helps everything toast in the oven.
- Spices: a mix of ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Vanilla extract: For a hint of aromatic warmth.
- Maple syrup: try honey instead. Or a mixture of maple syrup and brown sugar.
- Butter: You can use coconut oil or a neutral cooking oil instead.
To mix the granola:
Melt the butter and mix it with the maple syrup.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add the wet ingredients and mix well.
To bake the granola:
Pour the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring halfway.
To store the granola:
Let the granola cool to room temperature. Store in a container with a lid for up to two weeks.
Tips for making Granola
What to serve with Granola
Granola and yogurt parfaits make a delicious snack or breakfast. Just layer the granola and yogurt in a cup or bowl and it's ready. You can also add them on top of a mango smoothie bowl or simply serve it in a bowl with milk and eat it like cereal.
Store your granola in an airtight container like a mason jar or other storage container with a lid. It should last for up to two weeks.
Make sure to let the granola cool completely before storing it. Storing warm granola means that escaping moisture can get trapped and cause the granola to go bad.
If you use certified gluten free oats then this recipe is gluten free. Oats don't contain gluten but can be processed in the same plants and grown close to ingredients containing gluten and therefore need to be certified. Check your products!
Maple Cinnamon Spiced Granola
- Preheat oven to 350℉.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the butter and then combine with the syrup and spices.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the butter mixture and stir to coat.
- Spread the granola mix on the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown, stirring halfway.
- Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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This post was originally posted on March 6, 2017.
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