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.

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

Ingredients

The Purely Elizabeth granola has a mix of different grains. I love of eating a variety of different foods, but for this recipe I decided to keep it simple. We're using use two amazing grains: rolled oats and 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.

Besides, oats and amaranth, we'll add chopped walnuts, date sugar, chia seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Then for the wet ingredients we'll use date syrup and maple extract.

As I said before, we're using date syrup instead of maple syrup because of the nutritional content. Maple syrup is unrefined sugar but doesn't have much nutritional value or fiber. Date syrup is just ground dates, so we get all the sweetness without spiking our blood sugar.

How to make Maple Walnut Granola

To make Maple Walnut Granola simply mix the dry ingredients together. Then add in the wet ingredients and stir until completely combined. Spread on a baking pan and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool on the pan for 10 minutes. This is what creates the crunch. Break the granola into chunks and 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.

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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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