30 minutes

Maple Walnut Granola

This homemade maple walnut granola is a delicious staple. Lightly sweetened and crispy, it’s a quick and easy recipe that will have you looking forward to breakfast all week long.

Homemade granola is my go-to breakfast. The perfect crispy oats. The light sweetness. The warming spices. We are lucky in my house if any granola actually makes it to the table. It’s always a battle to keep little hands (and big ones) from grabbing it straight off the baking sheet. 

If you’ve never had homemade granola, you probably don’t get what all the fuss is about. I don’t blame you! Store bought granola is just not that good. It’s over-priced, over-sweet and not very fresh. I never thought granola was anything that special either, until about five years ago when I went on vacation and had homemade granola from a little roadside market. It was a revelation. Give homemade granola a try, and breakfast might just be forever changed!

This recipe is a simple, healthy and delicious staple. It uses a base of old fashioned oats and chopped walnuts. It gets its crispiness from coconut oil, and its mild sweetness from pure maple syrup. Add some salt, vanilla and cinnamon, and it’s an instant favorite.

This granola is perfect with milk, over yogurt, or just eaten straight from the jar. Store this in an airtight container in the pantry, and it will keep well for a couple of weeks… although I highly doubt it will last that long!

For more delicious make-ahead breakfast recipes, try my easy no bake blueberry granola bars, healthy banana carrot muffins, or vanilla overnight oats.

A sheet pan of maple walnut granola, dotted with cranberries and pepitas, with more cranberries and pepitas scattered across the background.

You Will Love This

  • As easy as cereal in the morning, but naturally sweetened and full of whole grains.
  • Naturally gluten free, just use gluten free oats!
  • The cinnamon walnut mixture will have your whole house smelling delicious.

Ingredients

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For this simple maple walnut granola, you will need the following ingredients (exact measurements are in the recipe card below):

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Walnut halves: Feel free to substitute another nut if you don’t like walnuts. Pecans are delicious!
  • Maple syrup: You can substitute honey for maple syrup.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil: I prefer coconut oil in granola because it helps the recipe get nice and crispy!
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Perfect Granola Mix-Ins

This maple walnut granola recipe is super versatile and perfect for customizing. I added pepitas and craisins in this batch. Choose whatever mix-ins you like! Here are some of my favorites to add after baking:

  • pepitas or sunflower seeds
  • dried fruit like craisins, raisins or blueberries
  • coconut chips
  • chocolate chips

Instructions

Step One: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In the meantime, put the walnut halves in a ziploc bag and pound them with a rolling pin until they are in very small pieces, with some walnut dust. Alternatively, you can chop them into small pieces with a knife.

Step Two: Add dry ingredients (oats, walnuts, cinnamon and salt) to a bowl and mix together to combine.

A glass bowl on a marble background containing the dry ingredients for granola, not yet mixed together.

Step Three: In a separate bowl, mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix them to combine.

A glass bowl on a marble background containing unbaked granola, with a wooden spoon to the side.

Step Four: Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Pour the granola onto the sheet pan and press it into the pan with the back of a spatula or spoon. This helps it form clusters.

A sheet pan on a marble background. The sheet pan contains unbaked granola, being patted down with a wooden spoon.

Step Five: Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and stir it. Press the granola back into the pan with the back of the spatula, and return to the oven. Continue baking the granola for another 12-15 minutes, until the pieces at the edge of the pan just start to turn golden brown.

A sheet pan on a marble background. The sheet pan contains baked granola, just slightly golden brown at the edges.

Step Six: Allow the granola to cool for at least one hour undisturbed. (Yes, that means no sneaking any during this time!) When granola is completely cool, add any optional mix ins you like – I chose pepitas and dried cranberries for this granola.

A sheet pan of maple walnut granola, dotted with cranberries and pepitas, with more cranberries and pepitas scattered across the background.

How do you make granola crispy?

There is nothing more sad than soggy granola. Thankfully, this granola stays nice and crisp. A couple of my top tips for crispy granola are:

  1. Cooking temperature. I like to keep the cooking temperature lower (325 degrees in this recipe). If you cook your granola at a higher temperature (in the 400s) you risk burning the edges before the middle has time to fully bake.
  2. Coconut oil. I’ve tried lots of variations of granola with different oils and butter. I love the nice crisp and mild flavor of coconut oil.
  3. Cooling time. I know you want to eat that granola straight out of the oven. I understand how good it smells, and I’m sad to tell you that you may not have it yet. Letting the granola fully cool undisturbed is essential to crispy granola. I like to let this sit out all day before I put it into a storage container in the pantry.

Storage

Store fully cooled granola in a storage container in the pantry for up to two weeks. I highly doubt it will last that long!!

A close up of a wooden spoon with a scoop of maple walnut granola dotted with cranberries and pepitas.

Maple Walnut Granola

This homemade granola recipe is a delicious staple. Lightly sweetened and crispy, it's a quick and easy recipe that will have you looking forward to breakfast all week long.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 283 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In the meantime, put the walnut halves in a ziploc bag and pound them with a rolling pin until they are in very small pieces, with some walnut dust. Alternatively, chop them into small pieces with a knife.
  • Add dry ingredients (oats, walnuts, cinnamon and salt) to a bowl and mix to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix them to combine.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Pour the granola onto the sheet pan and press it into the pan with the back of a spatula or spoon. This helps it form clusters.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and stir it. Press the granola back into the pan with the back of the spatula, and return to the oven. Continue baking the granola for another 12-15 minutes, until the pieces at the edge of the pan just start to turn golden brown.
  • Allow the granola to cool for at least one hour undisturbed.

Notes

Substitutions: Feel free to use your favorite raw nuts in place of walnuts in this recipe. Almonds and pecans are great choices!
Top tip: To keep your granola nice and crispy, you MUST leave it undisturbed for at least an hour (ideally longer) to fully cool. If you put the granola away before it's fully cooled, the oats will soften and get chewy instead of crispy.
Storage: Store fully cooled granola in an airtight container in a cool and dry place (like your pantry) for up to 2 weeks. 

Nutrition

Calories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 6gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 148mgPotassium: 198mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 2mg
Keyword granola, maple cinnamon granola, walnut granola
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