Cinnamon Maple Homemade Granola

fullsizeoutput_1e76If you’ve always wanted to try making homemade granola, but thought it would be too difficult or time consuming, I’m here to tell you it really isn’t! Much to my surprise and happiness, I discovered that making granola might in fact be one of the most simple self-made goodies. Made with a mixture of standard pantry staples, it comes together in 5 minutes and takes just 20-25 minutes to bake. Loaded w/ complex carbohydrates and healthy fats, this granola is a great addition to your energizing breakfasts or snacks — & a great topping for dessert. I used Chosen Foods avocado oil for this recipe, but only because I was out of coconut oil. Using melted coconut oil in the same quantity would work the same and also lend a slight coconut flavor to the granola. Avocado oil is incredibly neutral and lent no flavor to the granola, allowing the cinnamon and maple to shine. I used walnuts because they go perfectly with cinnamon and maple but if you either don’t like walnuts or don’t have them, you could simply sub for almond or cashew.

Its super important to use parchment paper on the baking sheet in order to avoid a sticky disaster. I don’t know how bad it can be from experience, but when I’ve read other granola recipes, they all stressed the importance of using parchment paper so the sugars don’t caramelize, burn, and stick.

I suggest letting the granola dry and cool completely on the baking sheet before storing in a container. I let mine sit out for 4 hours before placing it into a container, but I think just 1 hour would likely suffice. For optimal freshness, I suggest keeping it in an airtight glass container or mason jar. Storing in a mason jar makes it easy to be able to just pour the granola out onto what ever you are topping! This recipe is perfect for meal prepping and can be made on the weekend for use all week long!

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Cinnamon Maple Homemade Granola (Vegan + Gluten-free)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups GF dry old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp avocado or coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and place parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients
  3. Pour ingredients onto the baking sheet and spread out evenly.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout.
  5. Let cool for at least 1 hour before storing in an air tight container.
  6. Serve on yogurt, oats, salads, w/ milk or by its self!

Until next time, Friends!