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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2008


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Recipe Summary

1 hr 40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

  • 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.


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; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 31.7g; dietary fiber 3.8g; sugars 14.8g; fat 12.2g; saturated fat 3.1g; vitamin a iu 1.8IU; vitamin c 0.2mg; folate 7.2mcg; calcium 30.8mg; iron 1.6mg; magnesium 18.7mg; potassium 111.9mg; sodium 3.5mg; added sugar 12g.

Reviews (13)

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29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
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
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
I have searched for years for a granola recipe like this! I add cinnamon to mine. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious and easy! Will make again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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
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: 5 stars
This is the best granola I've ever made! Thank you for the recipe. - Chase Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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
Rating: 5 stars
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