Salty Maple Golden Granola

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite reasons I like to make my own granola is the ability to control how much and what ingredients go into each batch. Nixing sugar this week, no problem. Prefer coconut oil to butter, tell me something that can’t be done! Want to add chocolate chips to cure your sweet tooth? Always a good idea! But today I’m sharing my favorite homemade granola staple we always have on the counter in our home; full of crunchiness, hints of vanilla + maple flavors, and a beautiful golden color.

Why make your own homemade granola?

You save money! I don’t know about you, but I would rather save on my grocery bill if it meant I would know exactly what went in my breakfast and making a big batch would take less than an hour every week. Some high quality granolas can be $14.99! Eeek! Say no now and just heat your oven to 325°. I’ll show you how easy it actually is to make it at home!

You know what goes into it! Many of the granolas you find at the store have more than a handful of ingredients, some you can’t even pronounce. By making your own you can know exactly what goes into it and be confident feeding it to your family.

It’s EASY. If you’ve never made anything homemade in your entire life this is a great time to start. Heck, I bet your kids could make this granola and have fun in the process!

It’s yummy! Need I say more?!

How to make this delicious crunchy maple granola.

We used old fashioned oats, oat flour, coconut flakes, chopped almonds, olive oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and sea salt to create this yummy masterpiece! The secret to ending up with golden granola with huge chunks is using oat flour to bind it together and then pressing it firmly onto your baking sheet before you pop it in the oven. The coconut flakes give it an extra crunch while the hints of vanilla and cinnamon pair so well with this maple sea salt goodness!

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients togethers: In a bowl mix together the oats, oat flour, coconut flakes, chopped almonds, cinnamon, and sea salt
  2. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry: Add the maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and fold everything together until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  3. Shape the granola into a disc and bake: You can form chunks in your granola by using oat flour as a binding ingredient. Form the granola into a flat compact disc when you bake it by patting it into a flat oval. Bake at 325°F until it’s golden brown (30 minutes). You can leave the granola in the oven turned off to crunch up even more.
  4. After cooling, crumble up your granola to enjoy! Here’s the fun part: crumble into large chunks or smaller ones. You can add raisins during this step if you like or omit them altogether! We didn’t add them before baking because they’d dry out. Store in an airtight container or plastic bag and enjoy on yogurt, with milk, or plain!

Salty Maple Golden Granola

This Salty Maple Golden Granola hits the spot when you're craving something crunchy + sweet! It's delicious with yogurt or by the handful and super easy to make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup oat flour
  • cup chopped almonds
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup raisins (if desired!)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, oat flour, chopped almonds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • Make a well in the middle of your dry ingredients and drizzle in the vanilla, maple syrup, and olive oil. Stir together until everything is coated.
  • Pour granola mixture onto prepared baking sheet and press down to form a flat disk.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until granola looks golden brown. For a super crunchy granola, you can turn the oven off and leave your oven door slightly open for 10-20 minutes.
  • Remove granola from the oven and let cool. Crumble it up after cooling and mix in raisins if desired! Store in an airtight container or plastic bag. Granola keeps well for 2-3 weeks, but i'll betcha you’ll finish it before then!
Keyword Breakfast, Cereal, Easy Breakfast, Granola, Homemade Granola Recipe, maple syrup, olive oil, Recipe for breakfast cereal

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