Breakfast/ Recipes

Maple Nut Granola

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Happy Tuesday!

I know I’ve given you more than your fair share of granola recipes over the years but I just can’t help sharing another one this morning. Actually, this is an adaption on the granola recipe in my book  — and it’s just a great classic oat and nut granola. No special ingredients, no dried fruit {although you could add some if you want!} and very low in fat.

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I baked up a batch the other day to give to my sweet friends who threw my baby shower this past Sunday. I put together a little gift bag filled with homemade strawberry jam, candied jalapenos and this granola. I love giving homemade foodie gifts like that!

I used three different types of nuts/seeds in this granola: hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and slivered almonds. Feel free to substitute any or all of those with whatever you like. This is such a great basic recipe that could have a zillion potential adaptations!

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I’ve been eating bowls of this for breakfast lately with milk and raspberries. Granola and Greek yogurt is also one of my favorite afternoon snacks.

Hope y’all enjoy!

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Maple Nut Granola

yields about 4 cups granola

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1 cup maple syrup

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup slivered almonds

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt


Preheat oven to 325.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the maple syrup and the olive oil. Bring to a boil then from the heat. Stir in the vanilla and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds and cinnamon. Pour the hot syrup blend over the stir well until combined. Spread out on a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Let granola cool before transferring to mason jars or tupperware for storing.


30 minutes

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  • Live Love Yum
    April 8, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Your recipes are like old-fashioned homemade goodness. Simple yet classic 🙂

  • Helen @ the crispy crouton
    April 8, 2014 at 3:53 am

    I love making and eating things with seeds and nuts and I’ve tried all kinds of seed bars but haven’t yet tried making my own granola. This just seems so easy and I’ve got lots of half-used bags of seeds in my cupboard so think I’ll be giving this a go. Thanks for sharing.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    April 8, 2014 at 4:24 am

    I adore making granola – it’s one of my favourite weekend activities and something about it makes me feel totally relaxed (not to mention, makes my house smell absolutely amazing!!) This sounds delicious. I agree with you – homemade foodie gifts are the best!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    April 8, 2014 at 4:35 am

    I really need to try to make my own granola! I love eating it but this seems like such a more natural and delicious way to give it a try!

  • Rebekah {aCricketSang}
    April 8, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Mmmmm love this recipe!

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots
    April 8, 2014 at 5:30 am

    I love making homemade granola. So much better (and cheaper) than store bought!

  • Chicago Jogger
    April 8, 2014 at 5:59 am

    I have been wanting to try making granola, and I think this recipe is it! I love maple-flavored breakfasts so it looks perfect. Such a sweet idea to give as a gift too.

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife
    April 8, 2014 at 6:06 am

    I love that this is made with only maple syrup and a touch of olive oil. No need to buy grocery store granola with this fab healthy recipe on hand!

  • Lauren
    April 8, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I love your granola recipes! They are so yummy….this one is no exception! Love love love!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    April 8, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I love the combo of nuts you used in this recipe. This is a winner!

  • Alyssa
    April 8, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Hi Jenna, looks delicious! Question – do you think substituting coconut oil in place of the olive oil in this recipe (or any granola recipe) would be ok? Thanks!

    • Caity
      April 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      I just made this (I can never wait to try these amazing recipes!) and used coconut oil instead of olive oil… It turned out AMAZING! Of course I can’t compare it to the original recipe because I haven’t tried it, but I think it’s safe to say coconut oil doesn’t hurt. 🙂

      • Alyssa
        April 10, 2014 at 9:40 am

        Thanks Caity! And yes, I agree, Jenna’s recipes are always hands down THE best!! 🙂

  • Gabi
    April 8, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I need to try this! I love granola but have never prepared it on my own. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    April 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Perfect! Nothing beats homemade granola!

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Healthd
    April 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

    cant get enough of making a batch this weekend.

  • joelle @ on a pink typewriter
    April 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Yum! Totally saving this recipe!

  • Chelsea@TableForOne
    April 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

    There is no better way to start the day than with a bowl of yogurt and homemade granola. This recipe looks like a hit! I will have to add this into my granola rotation.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs
    April 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Nothing better than homemade granola! Yum!

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    April 8, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I can never get enough granola recipes! I love trying new things with it 🙂 This one looks amazing.

  • Jerald Cravenor
    April 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Hi Jenna,
    This Granola looks yummy for my daughters tummy 🙂
    Do you have an idea what I could take instead of vanilla because she really doesn’t like the taste of it.

    • jenna
      April 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

      You could use almond extract instead or just leave it out all together 🙂

  • Jens Butch
    April 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

    hi Jenna, thank you for this great recipe. I’m taking evening classes and until I discovered your book and your blog I had trouble preparing food in advance.
    What’s the title of the first book you wrote?

  • Sarah
    April 8, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Hi Jenna

    Would you mind posting your candied jalapeños recipe? I also love giving edible gifts!

  • Hans Chaplin
    April 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I wanted to buy your book “white jacked required” but I can’t buy it on myself over amazon. Is this book available in other stores or do I have to ask a friend to purchase it?
    Thanks in Advance for your answer

    • jenna
      April 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Hi! The book is available at Barnes and Noble stores and online at Amazon and Barnes and – thank you! 🙂

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    April 8, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    This is very similar to my go to granola recipe. I haven’t ever used hazelnuts. I must try that next time. I always use homemade maple syrup and we are fresh out from last year. The boiling is happening now and I cannot wait to get some more.

  • Bryony @ Bryony Cooks
    April 8, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Definitely making this granola! I love giving homemade foodie gifts too; nothing better!

  • Angel Reyes
    April 8, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    It looks amazing! I refuse to slave myself to store-bought granola with all this AMAZING homemade granola recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Erica Chavez
    April 9, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    This look amazing! Definitely will be making this for my friend. She loves granola.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • jan
    April 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Homemade granola is the best thing ever. I have no idea how people can stand the store-bought kind. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks great!

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    April 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I love granola, I eat it every single morning with yogurt. I’ve considered making my own, and I think I just found the perfect recipe!

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  • Neena
    April 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I just made this and it’s awesome! I followed the recipe exactly except that I only had a quarter cup of sunflower seeds, so I just made up the difference with almonds. I sort of freaked out when it came out of the oven since it seemed soft/soggy, but once it cooled, it formed perfect crunchy clusters. This recipe is a keeper!

  • Linda
    May 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Just made this tonight – I can’t wait for it to cool. It smells so good.