Lately I have been topping everything with this simple homemade granola: smoothie bowls, yogurt parfaits, chia seed pudding and oatmeal. It adds a bit of crunch, nuttiness and sweetness and just seems to make everything that much better. I even enjoy it plain or as a “cereal” with plant milk.
This recipe only requires four main ingredients: oats, pecans, avocado oil and maple syrup. I added a touch of cinnamon and vanilla for sweetness. The whole house smells amazing when it bakes… baked pecans, vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup together make an incredible aroma. This pecan granola is very customizable and you can add to it to vary things up if you wish. You may want to add dried fruit or try different spices.
The granola is gluten-free, vegan, butter-free and refined sugar-free. It is granola without the guilt! For a nut-free version you can substitute hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds for the pecans. Or, try my other favorite granola recipe: Super Seed Granola (totally nut-free).
The recipe below is great for sprinkling on things and is super simple. It is slightly chewy and not as clumpy as most granola recipes. My Super Seed Granola recipe is going to give you the bigger clusters and will be a bit harder. So it just depends on your granola preference. For smoothie bowls, I love the below recipe because it is light and doesn’t overwhelm each bite.
- 3 cups rolled old fashioned oats (gluten-free if desired)
- 1 cup raw chopped pecans
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients well. Transfer the mixture to the lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer using a spatula.
- Bake for 15 minutes, toss the granola and bake another 15 minutes. Watch closely at the end to ensure the granola does not burn. You are looking for a golden brown color.
- Allow the granola to cool completely on the baking sheet before enjoying. Granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
This recipe was inspired by Eat Yourself Skinny’s Easy 3-Ingredient Granola.