Recipe: Maple Pecan Granola

I am obsessed with this granola. It’s sweet, cinnamon-y, crunchy, caramel-y and delicious, and so easy to make! It could be considered an autumnal recipe, with all the cinnamon and maple syrup and roasted pecans, but I enjoy it all year round, with almond milk, on yogurt, in smoothies or as a midnight snack.

The original recipe is from Buzzfeed, and calls for a customisation of their basic granola template. I’ve just found that this flavour combination works the best for me, but by all means mix it up with some different nuts or fruit, or by adding in some nutmeg, ginger or chocolate chips. It’s pretty cheap, looks impressive, makes your whole house smell INCREDIBLE when it cooks and even claims to be a health food, as it has way less sugar and additives than your average shop-bought cereal. Trust me, you’re going to love it.

Ingredientsgranola and jar

3 cups good quality rolled oats (I like jumbo oats like these)

1 cup pecans, broken into pieces

1 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds

1 cup dried chopped dates

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Method

  1. Mix together the oats, pecans, pumpkin/sunflower seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

pecans

2. Pour in the maple syrup and olive oil, and stir until the oats are completely coated. They should turn a light gold colour, and there shouldn’t be any dry white oats in the bowl.

maple syrup

3. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment, and spread the mixture evenly out. Place in a preheated 150 degree oven for 45 minutes, taking it out after 20 to give it a good stir.

rory and granola

4. After 45 minutes the granola should be making your house smell like a delicious explosion in a maple syrup factory – take it out the oven, mix around again and leave to cool completely on the side.

granola ingredients

5. When cool, stir in the chopped dates, ensuring they are evenly distributed. Transfer the granola into a glass storage jar or airtight container.

granola original copy

Enjoy with milk or yogurt, some fresh fruit and a massive bowl. It should stay fresh for up to two months, but if you’re anything like me you’ll eat it all in about two weeks!

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