Breakfast

April 4, 2019

Maple Walnut Granola

Maple Walnut Granola is sweet, crunchy, and delicious, made with healthy whole grains, natural sweetener, and filled with soft, flavorful walnuts.

Maple Walnut Granola

Granola is one of those foods that can either be a health food or a junk food. It really depends how you (or some company) makes it. Often, store-bought granola contains tons of refined sugar, oil, and calories. So while granola from the store may seem like the healthy choice, we're probably better off staying away from all those terrible ingredients.

Luckily, I've got a delicious granola recipe for you today. In my granola recipes I don't use any added sugars, oils, or other harmful ingredients. You can feel confident that the foods you're putting into your body are good for you. And delicious too!

I've shared a couple of amazing granola recipes with you guys. Specifically, my Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Granola and my Mulberry Chia Granola. But this Maple Walnut Granola is extra special.

No added sugar

Before I started avoiding oil and added sugars, I loved eating Purely Elizabeth's Maple Walnut Granola. The flavor combination of maple syrup and walnuts is to die for! And while I still love the healthy mission that Purely Elizabeth promotes, I'm no longer a fan of her ingredients. Foods like coconut sugar, coconut oil, and maple syrup seem healthy but really aren't. Oils and sugars are highly processed foods that provide high calories with no nutritional value. When choosing what to put into my body, my primary goal is to maximize nutrition. That's why I created my own Maple Walnut Granola -- one that (hopefully) rivals the Purely Elizabeth brand in taste and definitely beats it out for nutritional quality.

My largest concern when trying to make MAPLE Walnut Granola without added sugars was the maple syrup. How on earth can I get maple flavor without maple syrup?! Luckily I discovered maple extract. It's similar to vanilla extract, except maple! Maple extract gives us that amazing maple flavor without the non-nutritionally dense calories that come from maple syrup.

Maple Walnut Granola

Ingredient Notes

  • Rolled Oats: Rolled oats are best for granola, they aren't too small like quick oats. Don't use steel cut oats for granola as they will be too hard to eat.
  • Puffed Amaranth: Amaranth is an extremely healthy grain filled with fiber and essential nutrients. Puffed amaranth has a nutty flavor and has a very light crunch (kind of like popcorn). It adds volume and an extra layer of flavor to the granola. You can buy puffed amaranth from a health foods store or Amazon. You can also buy uncooked amaranth and puff it yourself. It's quite fun!
  • Walnuts: Raw walnuts are best here.
  • Date Sugar: Date sugar is just dried dates that have been ground up. It's a completely fruit-sweetened sweetener. You can find date sugar on Amazon or at your local health foods store.
  • Chia Seeds
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Date Syrup: Date syrup is similar to date sugar, except the dates aren't dried before they are blended, leaving a nice thick, sweet syrup. You can find it on Amazon or at your local health foods store.
  • Maple Extract: Maple extract is optional, but if you want some extra maple flavor I suggest using it.

Maple Walnut Granola Ingredients

How to make Maple Walnut Granola

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until mixed thoroughly.

Step 2. Spread on a parchment-lined baking pan and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the pan before breaking into chunks. Enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Jesus, thank you for healthy, nutritionally dense ingredients. Thank you for giving us the option to make our own food and express the creativity you give us. Amen.

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Maple Walnut Granola

Maple Walnut Granola is sweet, crunchy, and delicious, made with healthy whole grains, natural sweetener, and filled with soft, flavorful walnuts.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

4

Prep:

5

min

cook:

15

min

total:

20

min

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 Cup Puffed Amaranth
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 Tablespoons Date Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Date Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Maple Extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until mixed thoroughly.
  2. Spread on a parchment-lined baking pan and bake for 15 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on the pan before breaking into chunks. Enjoy!
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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography