We love the maple-nut flavor combination of this heart-healthy granola, but feel free to substitute your favorite nuts or dried fruit for your own custom blend. Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

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  • Combine oats, coconut, almonds, pecans, brown sugar, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Combine syrup, water and oil in a medium bowl or large measuring cup and pour over the oat mixture; stir until well combined. Spread the mixture into a large (12-by-15-inch) roasting pan or large rimmed baking sheet.

  • Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, stir, and continue baking until golden brown and beginning to crisp, about 45 minutes more. Stir in cranberries and raisins. Let cool completely before storing.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Ingredient note: Large thin flakes of dried coconut called coconut chips make attractive garnishes. Find them in the produce section of large supermarkets or at melissas.com.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

251 calories; 12.2 g total fat; 3.1 g saturated fat; 4 mg sodium. 112 mg potassium; 31.7 g carbohydrates; 3.8 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 5.8 g protein; 2 IU vitamin a iu; 7 mcg folate; 31 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 19 mg magnesium; 12 g added sugar;

Reviews (28)

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28 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2019
This is the best granola I've ever made! Thank you for the recipe. - Chase Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2018
We love this granola. I just changed the maple syrup for Monk fruit maple flavored syrup ( sugar 0). With yogurt is delicious. Great breakfast or snack. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2017
This is an awesome recipe and turns out great every time. Instead of pumpkin and sunflower seeds I used pecans and/or cashews. Also for those who need to watch their sugar I used Agave Nectar instead of the maple syrup. After this recipe why purchase store-bought granola when you can customize your own. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2017
Delicious and easy! Will make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2017
It is delicious and the whole family loves it. I omitted pumpkin seeds because I am not a fan and just added a little more sunflower seeds instead. I didn't need to bake it as long in my oven either. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2016
My go to granola recipe. I make this as the recipe states Everytime. It turns out perfect. Thanks for the awesome recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/19/2016
Maple Nut Granola One of the best healthy granolas I have ever made. I will use this recipe when I make granola. It is very tasty and healthy with all the great healthy ingredients such as seeds and nuts. I like fellow reviewers did not include the brown sugar. I found the recipe was sweet enough with the recommended maple syrup in the recipe and did not need the brown sugar. I did not have coconut chips and only had unsweetened shredded coconut. I added the unsweetened shredded coconut at the very end of the cooking time and ensured it did not burn. Although the recipe indicates a 1/2 cup serving I try to only enjoy it one tablespoon at a time in my yogurt or add it to my cereal. This is definitely a keeper. Pros: Easy with Available Ingredients in Most Pantries Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2015
BEST granola recipe EVER! So easy so delicious! I add whatever nut/seed combination found in the pantry/freezer and it's always great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2015
Easy and great tasting! Made this for the first time. I halved the maple syrup and the brown sugar since I prefer granola less sweet. For the nuts I only used almonds and did not put any of the coconut in it. I did add some hemp hearts. Will make this again and add something different. I love the versatility of this recipe! Pros: Fast to put together easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2015
Great breakfast I have tried this recipe several times and it's just great. Since my husband is not fond of coconut chips i replace it with flaxseed. You can also use orange juice in place of water for enhanced flavour. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2015
Great granola but 1.5 hours is too long! I add an egg white both for binding and protein. I delete all the fruit and use only syrup. I add academics pecans and sunflowers to equal two cups. Also I flavor with cinnamon and almond extract. It is the only granola I make!!!! Pros: Like others I halved the sweetening and it adapted easily. Cons: Burnt it the first time around... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2014
Simple and delicious Super easy to make and really good. My go to granola. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2013
Tasty but too sweet I read the reviews beforehand and noticed that a couple of people mentioned it was too sweet so I just added the maple syrup and it was plenty sweet. I can't imagine adding more sugar to it especially if you add it to sweetened yogurt. Also I used quick oats because that's what I had on hand and it turned out fine. Pros: Good crunch and variety of stuff Cons: Too sweet Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2013
Tried and True! I've tried tons of different granola recipes over the years but always come back to this one! Everyone who tries it raves about it. I occasionally tweak it a bit using half honey half regular syrup and a bit of molasses when I don't have maple syrup and it's still awesome. Also usually add a few cashews as well. It's become our family specialty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2012
Perfect sweetness when brown sugar is omitted. Tried this for the first time today. I used coconut oil instead of canola and 1 cup dried cranberries. Added a little hemp and chia seed and omitted the brown sugar. Its just the right amount sweet (I don't like my granola grocery store sweet - if I did I'd buy it there!) and no flavor is too overpowering. Yum. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2011
THE BEST GRANOLA I'VE EVER HAD. Better than the local yummy bakery which is a real complement. Great in yogurt or on top of high quality vanilla ice cream with a little bit of warmed Smucker's butterscotch topping. (Although with this is certainly not low fat food but soooo yummy.) Would rate this 10 out ouf 5 (!) Pros: Healthy! Much lower cost than bakery granola. Super GREAT smell in the house while cooking. Cons: First time I baked this I would have an occasional bitter bite perhaps I overcooked nuts a bit. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have searched for years for a granola recipe like this! I add cinnamon to mine. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This recipe is phenomenal and we'll be making it as a gift for our friends & family!!! We cut the brown sugar in 1/2 for ourselves but it's great either way. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this recipe as a gift for friend's last year and wound up loving it so much that I now make it every other week to keep as a healthy snack. I forgot the brown sugar one time and didn't notice so now I cut it out entirely - you get enough sweet from the syrup. Molly N. RD Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a great recipe. It doesn't need the brown sugar I agree. I add flax seeds or flax meal and chia seeds to it for extra Omega 3. I also add raw pumkin seeds - they are a great addition! Adding cinnamon makes a good variation. This is a great gift when packed in mason jars! Kim- VT Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I have been using this recipe since it was published. I even bought a special container for storing it. I make my own plain yogurt and put the granola in it. I have shared this recipe with many friends. My husband and son also enjoy it - when I share. Kathy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So good! I too omitted the brown sugar and I didn't notice a lack of sweetness. I added some chopped dried apricots and I was very impressed! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
A very good granola. I reduced the amount of sweeteners by one half and it was still satisfactory. I would assume that you could leave the sweetenerers out and use the sweetener of your choice when you eat. Bill!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Yummy! This was so fast and so yummy to make. I omitted the brown sugar and raisins and doubled up on the cranberries. This made my home smell so good! Can't wait to put it in my yogurt tomorrow!! Pros: Easy to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Don't buy granola make this! I filled jars to give as holiday gifts for my neighbors. Two neighbors have already knocked on my door asking for the recipe. Very tasty and so simple to make! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Okay at best I just didn't really enjoy the taste of this granola that much. I also also burned the first batch; the second time I made it I reduced the baking time by 20 minutes and it was better. It's just okay in my opinion. I used a combination of craisins and dried (tart) cherries instead of raisins as I didn't have any raisins. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Fabulous! This granola is so delicious. I couldn't find coconut flakes so I omitted them since I didn't want to use the sweetened coconut you find in the baking isle of the supermarket. However I did add - cup of banana chips when I added the raisins and dried cranberries. I will definitely make this again and following other user comments I think I will omit the brown sugar and use light maple syrup. This is a keeper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! I should have listened to the other comments and 1/2 the sugar. Too sweet. Second time I made it I used only the maple syrup and no brown sugar. I also added cinnamon and a couple tablespoons of natural peanut butter (using lots of the oil on top) and less canola. Really good- will make this my "house" granola recipe from now on. All my friends want some too!! Pros: easy Cons: too sweet Read More