I’ve been wanting to create my own granola recipe for a long time, but the idea had taken a comfortable seat on the back burner of my mind. Lately, I’ve been seeing various new brands making their versions of “healthy” granola, but far too often, some of these varieties contain too many calories and sometimes questionable ingredients. I usually prefer my granola to be free of extraneous ingredients, such as dried fruit and nuts, although there are exceptions from time to time. For my first attempt at preparing my own granola from scratch, I chose to keep it simple and go with a no-fail flavor combo: maple and cinnamon. This is one of my favorite combinations, especially in oatmeal, so I figured it would work perfectly for this recipe. Truth be told, it came out amazing!
This granola is some of the best I’ve ever enjoyed, most likely because it came fresh out of the oven, as opposed to being packaged for weeks, if not months. It was even delicious before I put in the oven (the spoon lickability was on point). It’s so simple to throw together, considering there are only four ingredients in the entire recipe and the only thing you really have to do is mix the ingredients together. It’s so easy and so delicious, you’ll be making this all the time!
This granola makes the perfect yogurt topping, but it’s so tasty that it can also be enjoyed on its own, with or without a splash of almond or coconut milk. Your taste buds will be happy and you can rest easy knowing that you’re eating something healthy, clean, and low calorie. Plus, your house will smell amazing when you make it! Make this recipe and tag me in a picture of it on Instagram. I’ll gladly repost it!
- 2 cups whole grain oats (I used Quaker)
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Tiny pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to bake at 275°F.
- Place the oats in a large mixing bowl and add the cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
- In a separate mixing bowl, add the pure maple syrup and coconut oil. Mix well.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix until there are no more dry oats.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the oats on top of it, flattening them as much as possible so there is little overlap.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Take the pan out and mix the granola, then flatten again and bake for another 20 minutes, until granola is golden and toasted.
- Let cool for at least 10 minutes to allow the granola to become more crunchy. Enjoy!
- Calories: 1280 in entire recipe, 160 per ¼ cup serving