January 16, 2013

Maple Pecan Granola


I love the ease of granola for breakfast. I love the crunchy sweetness. I love that everybody in the family eats it happily without complaining. I love that my older children can serve themselves while I nurse the baby and sip my coffee.

And I love that this recipe is so simple that I can make it from memory in my groggy pre-caffienated state.

This recipe makes enough for our whole family to eat it for breakfast twice if served with yogurt, fresh fruit, and a tiny bit of self restraint! 

 In a mixing bowl, combine:
  • 3 cups of old fashioned or "large flake" rolled oats
  • 2 cups of chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds (super-duper good for you and available at health food stores and well stocked grocery stores or online here)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
In a small pot, combine:
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • a splash of vanilla extract
Heat until the coconut oil has melted.


Pour wet ingredients over the dry, and stir.


Spread granola out on two parchment lined cookie sheets and bake in a 300 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until fragrant and slightly golden brown.


The trick to perfectly cooked granola is to remove it from the oven just before you are convinced it is done, because it will continue to cook a little even after you've removed it from the oven.


Cool completely before moving to a tightly sealed glass jar. 


Serve sprinkled on yogurt, alone as a yummy crunchy snack, or in a bowl with milk.


Enjoy!

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39 comments:

  1. I am in love with Granola, I have been looking for a great recipe for so long. Thank you so much!

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  2. Yum! My daughter is crazy about granola right now but we're about to run out of the stuff her aunt sent for Christmas. Time to make our own!

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  3. Looks yummy! How long can you store it?

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    1. Mervi, I don't think it would last long enough for that to be your problem! If you store it right though, it should last as long as any other cereal. A good air tight container once the mixture is definitely cold would be a good thing to put it in.

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    2. Hi Mervi! I'm not sure how long it's good for...it has honestly never lasted more than 3 days around here!

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    3. In our household of 2, 50 percent will not touch granola, no matter how brilliantly I have made it ;)

      But given the chance, I suppose I would be able to go through all of that in less than 3 days, that's how good it looks! ;)

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  4. You know what I like best about this recipe? It isn't full of expensive ingredients. Of course, anything with pecans perks me up!

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  5. Yum! Can't wait to try this. I keep all these ingredients on hand too!

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  6. Wow this looks so good. A friend of mine gave me some granola at Christmas time and now I have one to share with her....thanks! If you would like to share it I would like to invite you to come over to One more Time...http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/01/share-it-one-more-time-linky-party-and.html

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  7. This is why you stand out among bloggers. Quality every time. I just want to nurse babies drinking coffee, and watching my family enjoy this. Absolute Quality. I love the pics. I hope I can make this right now!!! Man, I would love you to share your fave cookies, your fave dinner, your fave everything!!! Yummalicious.....

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  8. I read your post all the way through. Now, I had my evening meal a couple of hours ago and it was a very nutritious salmon and salad sandwich (I ate two of them). Initially it was supposed to be salmon and salad, but why not between two pieces of bread.
    Anyway, I now have dribbles because this recipe is just divine. I can smell the whole thing slowly toasting in the oven. Yummmmmmm
    You are a lovely mean person. ;)
    Fabulous! Thanks.

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  9. I have 2 questions...have you ever made extra & tried freezing this?
    This is the first I have heard of chia seeds, didn't know they existed (sheltered I guess :) ) anyway, what else can they be used for?
    I am a new follower & you are absolutely amazing!!! I am soooooo happy I found your blog! THANK YOU!!!

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    1. It hasn't occurred to me to make extra and freeze some. I think if I made extra we'd just eat it...lol!

      Chia seeds can be sprinkled on yogurt or added to baked treats or used in smoothies or sprinkled on pretty much anything, actually!

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  10. Your post made me drool! Can't wait to make this! I would love to share with my peeps. If I give you full credit and quote you precisely, may I share?

    It's great to find recipes for chia seeds. I prefer using the white but we like the dark seeds too. Do you have a preference?

    Thanks for all you do! I dunno how you get it all done!

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    1. Hi Connie! My bulk food store doesn't have the white ones, so we've only tried the dark seeds.

      If you want to share the post, feel free to link to me, but please don't copy and paste my recipe. Thanks!

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    2. Thanks, dear heart. I will give you some love on my food blog and I'll respect your wishes. We cater to those who use public assistance; this granola recipe is just the ticket for them!

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  11. This may seem a silly question, but I've noticed you use a lot of coconut oil. Could you substitute it in recipes that call for shortening? Also what are the health benefits of using coconut oil as opposed to other oils (ie olive, peanut, veggie, canola, etc)?

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    1. You can definitely use coconut oil in place of other oils. I suspect that using it in place of shortening would be fine as well except that it melts at just above room temperature so I think that if you want to use it in pie crust or something like that you would need to be careful to keep it cool while working with it.

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  12. This looks DELICIOUS! Do you think agave nectar would work instead of maple syrup? Unfortunately, my health food store was out of chia seeds and said there is a global shortage and don't know when they'll get more. Do you have another recommendation for something else to add in for extra health benefits? Thank you!!

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    1. I don't have much experience with agave nectar, but I have used honey in place of the maple syrup and that was yummy too.

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  13. O, this looks very yammie! Thank you

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  14. I made this for breakfast and it was great. :) I have a different recipe I am rather fond of, but I think I am going to mash the two up because I liked the coconut oil in this one so much!

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  15. where do you get coconut oil?

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    1. We buy ours at a bulk food store, but any health food store will have it. Or you can buy it online.

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  16. Hi, I just made your granola...mmmmmm its yummy! I didn't have coconut oil, so I just used canola oil in its place..it did take about 15-20 minutes to cook. Thanks for the recipe.

    Coleen

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    1. Hi Coleen! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  17. I just made this, and it is seriously the best! Soooooo yummy. I only had about 1/3 of a cup of maple syrup on hand so I topped it off with honey to make a ful 1/2 cup of sticky sweet stuff which worked great. We tried it on top of a fruit salad and it added the best flavor. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  18. This was amazing, thanks for sharing your recipe. My whole family loved it and it was so simple and healthy plus I had all the ingredients already. I decided to add 1/2 cup sliced almonds too and it turned out really yummy!! Thanks again!

    Gretchen

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  19. I agree. This is absolutely amazing! I made one batch, and it was gone in a day! This will be a great breakfast or snack.

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  20. Mmmm...looks so good. I love homemade. I may have to replace the chia seeds with flax seeds. Chia seeds taste like dirt to me. Oh well. Thanks for the recipe! I would never think to use coconut oil!!

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  21. I made this today and it is DELISH! Thanks for sharing. I am passing it along to my friends. :)

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  23. I'm super excited that I just learned what granola is! In Australia we would call that toasted muesli.

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  24. Yum!! I just found your blog, and I absolutely love it! I live in an *apartment* with *one* baby, and I can barely keep up with our clutter and housework. I can't wait to implement some of your ideas, systems, (and recipes!) into our home!

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  25. Oh my guy just recently started making his own granola! I'll recommend he try coconut oil, as I just LOVE the stuff.

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  26. This sounds delish! Can't wait to make it. LOVE your blog!! Do y'all still have your dreads? Hope you guys are settling in with the new little well :)

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  27. I wish that I could "pin" this so I could keep track of it better!

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  28. Just made your granola recipe last night & we love it! My husband & kids are devouring it. I'll have to make another batch soon!

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  29. Made this last night. I hate coconut and was scared..... But is was wonderful! I have to stop my kids and husband from eating the whole batch in one sitting.

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