Maple Pecan Granola

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!I can’t count how many times I’ve made this recipe for Maple Pecan Granola.  Seriously!  I’ve probably made this recipe more than any other recipe over the past several years.  Part of that is because I just enjoy making new recipes.  But this Maple Pecan Granola?  It just keeps coming back like a bad penny…except that it’s really, really good!  We’ve always (and I mean always) got some of this in the cupboard waiting for morning breakfast.

One of our best friends made this granola recipe for us years ago, and the 4 of us sat there and ate probably half the tray.  I kid you not!  It was a lazy Sunday morning, and we were watching reruns of ghost shows.  (Yes, ghost shows…they’re the best!)  And we just kept snacking on this granola.  Of course, I had to ask for the recipe when we left.  And I’ve still got that little piece of paper with the handwritten recipe.  I’ve made a couple of minor changes like adding flax seeds, but other than that this recipe is exactly the same as it was back when we first tried it.

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!Since this recipe hasn’t changed and since I’ve only made it a zillion times now, you’d think I’d have this one memorized by now.  But I don’t.  Every time I make this Maple Pecan Granola (~every 2 weeks or so), I go digging around in the pile of papers on my desk.  And then I head up to the kitchen with my recipe in hand.  There was the one time I thought I’d lost the recipe…but let’s just not go there.  So part of the reason for posting this one is simply so that I don’t have to go hunting for the handwritten recipe anymore!

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!Granola + Greek yogurt is our breakfast almost every weekday morning.  Although the granola recipe itself hasn’t changed much, the Greek yogurt most definitely has.  I’ve gone through nearly every major Greek yogurt company hunting for one I liked.  Some of them I could barely deal with.  Some of them I could deal with, but didn’t love.  That is until I discovered Cabot’s Lowfat Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt.  This stuff is amazing!  I can’t tell you the number of “real-life” friends and neighbors who I’ve told to go buy this yogurt.  It seriously is one of the best Greek yogurts I’ve ever eaten.

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!This yogurt is a little difficult to find in our area, but I’ll make an extra stop just to restock my supply of this one.  Cabot recently sent me some of this Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt…awesome!  But what was even more awesome was discovering that Cabot also makes a Lowfat Honey Greek Yogurt.  I haven’t seen this one in stores around me yet, but I will definitely be watching for it.  I still prefer the Vanilla Bean as my go-to breakfast, but the Honey version was really quite tasty, too.  (And I just noticed on Cabot’s website that they make a Lowfat Coconut flavor.  I’ll be stalking that one, too, as coconut is Laura’s favorite yogurt flavor.)

But back to this Maple Pecan Granola.  If you like granola, then please make a batch of this one!  You won’t regret it.  (That is unless you eat it all in one sitting…in which case, you’ll regret not having any left for tomorrow’s breakfast!)  I often sneak a couple of bites when it’s fresh out of the oven.  (In fact, last time I made a batch, I burned my tongue because I was too impatient to wait for the granola to cool.  Oops!)  Enjoy!

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!

Maple Pecan Granola

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 286kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecans coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup whole flax seeds
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Using a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except for dried cranberries; stir together until well combined.
  • Spread mixture onto a foil-lined sheet pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  • Add dried cranberries, stir and continue baking for 10 more minutes.
  • Let granola cool completely before sealing in an airtight container.

This Maple Pecan Granola is our go-to breakfast for busy weekday mornings!

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35 Comments

  1. Hi David! I’ve been snacking on almonds lately, but this looks much better! With Thanksgiving just a few days away I should just stop snacking all together! Not gonna happen! With the pecans and cranberries this is quite in keeping with the holidays!

    1. Hey now…snacking is the best part of the holidays, Dorothy! Nothing wrong with almonds, but I say switch it up and snack on pecans and cranberries…in granola form! This really is an awesome keeper of a recipe. 🙂 I hope you guys had a great Turkey Day and are having a wonderful long weekend down there!

  2. Ghost shows? That sounds scary! I’d rather watch General Hospital and eat a bunch of this granola! I haven’t seen that yogurt in the grocery yet, but that vanilla bean flavor sounds awesome and I’m totally going to look for it now!

    1. You know, those ghost shows aren’t that scary. They leave just enough to the imagination to make you wonder, though. But if you want to do some General Hospital, then I certainly won’t stop you! And do check out the Cabot Vanilla Bean yogurt. They have a handy product finder link…hope they have it down in Charlotte…because it’s amazing! 🙂 Hope you guys are having an awesome long weekend!

  3. Hahaha! Funny combo..ghost shows and granola 😀 I love granola, but don’t often make it and I don’t know why ’cause it’s just so darn good! Perfect for snacks and perfect for breakfast. And when ya make it yourself, you know what goes in there, right ? I’ve never seen this yogurt brand before, but if you say it’s really good, I believe ya 😉 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family 🙂

    1. I totally agree with you, Dawn! I love granola, and I used to just buy it…but once I got this recipe, I’ve just never looked back. It’s so darned easy to make! Thank you so much for the kind wishes. I hope you are getting into the Christmas season up there in Canada! 🙂

  4. Haha – David, I cannot tell you the number of times I too, have posted a recipe just so I don’t have to go looking for it – so much easier to look for it on my phone anyway! I just finished the granola you gave us when we visited so time I whip a batch of this up! Love your addition of flax seeds to your friend’s recipe!
    By the way – Cabot is available in plenty in Atlanta grocery stores! I’ve seen the low fat honeyGreek yogurt one but I haven’t yet seen the Lowfat Coconut flavored one – but I bet I’ll see it soon! Guess it’s reason #599 y’all should move down?! 🙂
    In case your off on Wednesday – hope y’all have a wonderfully happy, tasty and safe Thanksgiving!

    1. Haha…you’ve got the Honey down there, but we can’t get the Honey one in our area. Too funny. But I’m totally hooked on the Vanilla Bean. It seriously is amazing! And then putting a scoop of granola on top is pretty much the best thing ever. I was indeed taking it easy on Wednesday…and I’m still taking it easy today, too. Haha! Hope you and lil Shashi are having an awesome long weekend, my ATL friend! 🙂

    1. This granola is definitely a good one, Helene…thank you! And I find it fun to mix it up and change the type of nut and flavors in there. Homemade granola is the best thing ever for breakfast. Thanks so much for commenting! 🙂

  5. You’re the Granola King, David! I’m glad you’ve finally managed to get this recipe posted on your blog which means there’s no risk of losing it. Besides, granola makes an excellent Christmas gift (just a hint). Btw, do you have any ideas about making festive granola but without adding much colorful candy as some recipes suggest?

    1. You’re right…no more hunting for that pesky little granola recipe, Ben! 🙂 (Of course, now I just need to make sure I don’t lose my phone when I’m ready to make this granola…) Hmmm. Festive granola, eh? The red is easy b/c of dried cranberries. Green is a bit harder though. But I bet you could use a variety of dried fruits for a colorful look instead? I’m thinking like dried apricots and dried cranberries? The green color is still stumping me though. I’ll have to think about that one!

  6. I post some recipes for the same reason too, I can tell this one is a real keeper, love homemade granola, it is the best. Happy Turkey Day to you and your family!

    1. Homemade granola really is the best, isn’t it, Cheri?? It’s so darned easy to make…and I can seriously just eat it straight off the pan while it’s still warm! Yum! 🙂

  7. Frankly, I’m quite lazy for breakfast, and my parents, too, though this is a bad habit. But I rather like snacks (I can eat them throughout the day). I used to eat granola, but never combine it with maple or pecan and especially eating it with yogurt. Thank you for sharing, I will try, hoping I will love the breakfast more thanks to this recipe.

    1. This is a super tasty recipe, Sabrina! And here’s the thing…it makes a nice big batch that stores well in an airtight container. That means you can make this granola and then have easy breakfasts for a while. 🙂 The maple + pecans in here add a great touch. Do give it a shot! Thanks!

    1. Yeah, that’s totally my problem, too, Jeff. Laura and I have really been counting our calories lately (yes, we picked the worst time of the year to do this…) and I’ve actually been measuring my yogurt out. Kind of a pain, but then again, it’s totally working. Hope you guys had an awesome Thanksgiving break!

  8. Ah granola, breakfast of champions. Or at least its what I like to eat in the morning when I need a bit of sugar. Except I see that you appear to have used Vermont maple syrup. Not Quebec or Nova Scotia maple syrup? ! I literally import the stuff to make granola and top my pancakes. Never had cranberries in my granola though, might have to give it a go!

    1. Yeah, this granola is definitely the breakfast of champions! I only add a little scoop on top of my yogurt as it is rather sweet. But just enough sugar to get the day started right! So I didn’t realize that Quebec and Nova Scotia have big maple industries. I guess I should have given that the maple leaf is on Canada’s flag, though…hah! Around this area, everyone talks about Vermont maple syrup! 🙂

  9. I’m trying to satisfy my sweet tooth and take a few inches off of my mid -section right now. Granola is always a good snack, it’s hearty, sweet and healthy, but all Granola recipes aren’t created equal. This one is perfect for me David! Thank you for sharing this recipe, I can see why you wanted to post it, now you will never lose it. The combination of Maple Syrup and Pecans remind me of my Mother’s famous Pecan Pie which I haven’t had in years. I’m going to ask her to make me one this week.

    1. Oh we’re still playing that same game of trying to lose a few inches off the mid-section, too. We still let ourselves have granola and other sweet treats, but we’re just measuring out how much…and you know what? It’s working! I hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving, Mary…and I hope you got a slice (or two!) of your Mom’s famous Pecan Pie! 🙂

    1. Granola + Greek yogurt is indeed an awesome breakfast…especially vanilla Greek yogurt! This one really is our go-to weekday breakfast. Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving holiday, Dawn! 🙂

    1. Yay! Thank you so much for making this granola, Sabrina. It really is super tasty as a snack…or as an easy weekday breakfast. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we do! 🙂

  10. Finally! A granola recipe that’s not full of things we never have in our pantry!!😊 David, I think Cabot should consider us in their yearly Christmas gift giving (for example, perhaps, a crate of yogurt a month…) because I have been pushing that vanilla bean goodness to everyone I know for a couple of years now! It’s the only yogurt I truly like (love….you can love yogurt with no fear of judgement, right?) even though it is lightly higher on the calorie scale. Making the granola today and wondering…..can we turn this into a Christmas cookie? Hmmmm……

    1. You know…I think that’s one of the things I love the most about this granola, Marla. I’ve pretty much always got the ingredients on hand! And I like the way you think about a crate of yogurt per month. I could definitely get on board with that one! I hope you enjoy this granola as much as we do…it seriously is one of our favorites, and we always keep a container of it in the kitchen for our morning yogurt! (And you might be onto something with the cookie idea…I bet that would be a delicious oatmeal cookie!) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

  11. This breakfast looks so gentle but attractive! Love that you used yogurt for breakfast, so am I. But I have once thought that yogurt can’t be eaten in morning. Of course now I am changing completely! My breakfast almost have to include yogurt. I will try combining with maple, pecan and granola soon. Thank you for introducing this awesome food!

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! The maple + pecan combo is one of my favorites for breakfast…especially when you add it to the top of vanilla yogurt! 🙂

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