This is a variation of our homemade granola base recipe. Homemade granola is not only easy, but it’s delicious too! When you make your own, you get to control the ingredients, including the amount of sugar added (store bought granola usually has way too much!). This easy maple pecan granola is a fan favorite, but don’t take our word for it – try it out for yourself!
Is this a healthy granola recipe?
Granola can definitely be part of a healthy diet. Oats, pecans, and dried cherries are the star ingredients in this crunchy granola recipe.
Whole grains such as oats provide a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus (1, 2).
Almonds & Pecans
Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Almonds & pecans in particular are high in monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health.
While this recipe does call for natural sweeteners, the amount used only adds up to 1 teaspoon (4 grams) per ¼ cup serving of granola. The dried cherries in this recipe add sweetness along with other nutrients such as fiber and antioxidants. Choose unsweetened dried cherries if possible. If you can’t find any, choose varieties without artificial sweeteners.
This recipe calls for ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup oil, and ¼ cup maple syrup. Measure the ingredients in that order to make clean-up easier! Technically, you should use a liquid measuring cup, but dry will work in this case. Measure the brown sugar first; it needs to be measured in a clean cup, otherwise it will stick to the bottom. Then, by measuring the oil before the maple syrup, the syrup will just slide right out!
Be sure to use real maple syrup, not the imitation kind; any grade will work.
Cook the granola until golden, but don’t expect it to be hard when you remove it from the oven. It will harden as it cools.
Be sure to stir and re-spread the granola immediately after you remove it from the oven, otherwise it will stick to the pan. If you prefer chunkier granola, cook the mixture on parchment paper, don’t stir it while it cooks, and allow it to cool slightly before stirring once removed from the oven.
Add the dried cherries once the granola cools to prevent it from hardening.
You don’t have to stir the granola every 15 minutes. If you’re like us, you have crazy toddlers running around, and you don’t want to be stuck near your oven, so just let it cook! It will still brown nicely and taste delicious.
If you have kids, let them help you with this recipe! It’s very kid-friendly. Watch Chef V and her 4 year old son, Enzo, in action.
- Maple Syrup: substitute honey or agave nectar.
- Oats: while we prefer rolled or old-fashioned oats, quick oats work too. We don’t recommend using steel cut oats.
- Nuts: use all almonds, all pecans, or substitute your favorite raw nuts. Don’t use toasted nuts, as they will burn in the oven!
- Dried Cherries: substitute your favorite dried fruit. If using larger fruits such as dried apricots, figs, or prunes, chop into smaller pieces before adding.
This recipe is very forgiving; think outside the (granola) box!
Prefer a higher protein granola? Add more nuts and/or seeds in place of oats.
Love spices? Feel free to add other sweet spices such as ground nutmeg, cloves, or ginger.
Need some culinary inspiration?
Check out our other healthy granola recipe variations!
Maple Pecan Granola Serving Suggestions
This recipe is great for an easy breakfast, a satisfying snack, or even a healthy dessert!
- Use it to make a yogurt parfait – layer plain yogurt, fresh fruit, and ¼ cup of granola.
- Use it to garnish a smoothie bowl
- Sprinkle it on peanut butter-coated apples or bananas
How to Store Maple Pecan Granola
This granola will keep for at least a month in an airtight container in your cupboard or pantry.
Want more healthy oat recipes?
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This easy maple pecan granola features oats, almonds, pecans, maple syrup, brown sugar, and dried cherries. It's a great snack or topping for a yogurt parfait!
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup raw chopped pecans
- 1 cup raw sliced almonds
- 1 cup dried cherries
Preheat oven to 250° F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, maple syrup, and salt.
Add the oats and nuts to the bowl. Using a spatula, stir until well-combined.
Spread granola in an even layer on one or two baking sheets (depending on size). Cook for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
Remove from oven and stir one more time. Add dried cherries. Once cool, store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. Enjoy!
The granola will still turn out delicious if you don’t stir it every 15 minutes. It just won’t brown as evenly.
Cook the granola until golden, but don’t expect it to be hard when you remove it from the oven. It will harden as it cools. The almond butter in this recipe will turn the granola golden more quickly, so be sure to check it after 45 minutes of baking.