I woke up really early the other morning, which is a pretty common occurrence. I can never sleep in, even on weekends. Josh was still snoring away so I tip toed out of the room and decided to make a batch of granola.
I looked around in the pantry and decided to make Maple Almond Granola. I love that granola is so versatile and pantry friendly. I just used what ingredients we had at home and came up with a fantastic recipe.
I started with oats, added in almonds, wheat germ, cinnamon, and brown sugar. We were out of honey, so I used maple syrup and agave nectar instead-which added the perfect amount of sweetness. I tossed in raisins after the granola was done baking.
For breakfast, I enjoyed freshly baked granola with homemade yogurt. It was the perfect way to start the day.
The wonderful aroma of the granola eventually woke Josh up, but I told him, “If you snooze you lose!” Just kidding-he couldn’t have taste the granola because of the nuts so I made him steel cut oats instead:)
Maple Almond Granola
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 T dark brown sugar
- 3 T pure maple syrup
- 2 T canola oil
- 2 T agave nectar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, almonds, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar together.
- 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, canola oil, agave nectar, and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well. I do this with my clean hands.
- 3. Spread the mixture out onto a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 300 degrees, stirring occasionally. I probably stir every 7 minutes or so. Take the granola out as soon as it starts to brown.
- 4. Stir in the raisins and cool completely. Store in an air tight container.
Have you tried this recipe?
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With yoghurt, yummy!
I definitely want to start making my own yogurt. I spend so much money on it each week that I think it would be totally worth it. Your granola looks delish!
I love making my own granola! I just started making it over the summer. Its so easy, I don’t know why I waited so long! This recipe looks great!
Just perfect. Love granola. I’m with Jessica- I want to start making my own yogurt to- its been on my to do list for quite some time now! Hope you’re having a good week <3!
That sounds like a wonderful way to wake up!
I love homemake granola. I need to get my lazy butt of the couch and make some!
I really need to make a batch of granola. This one sounds great with the maple syrup. A perfect match for yogurt.
This looks fantastic!! I love granola, and I’m looking for ways to use up wheat germ. This is perfect!
I’ve been loving my granola and homemade yogurt. But I’m tired of making it in a thermos. Your right, I really do need to get a yogurt maker! Your granola looks awesome! Love that pic where it’s falling out!
I really need to start making my own granola! Especially now that I’m making my own yogurt! I’ll come here for recipes.
Homemade granola is the best!! Yours looks great – love the maple in there.
Paired with yogurt, this sounds like the perfect way to start the day!
Yum – this looks great! I rarely, if ever, make my own granola but I really should do it more often. So easy and delicious!
Mmmm sounds marvelous! I’m a huge fan of oats in any fashion, but granola is guaranteed to make me come back for more!
yum! i’m always looking for a new granola recipe and this looks great.
i have one go to granola recipe and i really love making it when i have time. the way it makes the house smell and the satisfying feeling of fresh warm granola, i love it! thanks for sharing the tip that you can sub maple syrup for honey i would have never thought to do that.
I’ve never made my own granola, although I have been meaning to. Looks like a great recipe!
granola is the best thing to make when you have a pantry full of random 🙂
I wish you were my neighbor so you could make granola in the morning and then bring me some! 🙂 This sounds great and I cannot wait to make it.
I love homemade granola 🙂 I wish I made it more often, lately I feel like I’ve slacked in this area. And yours looks perfect for a nice breakfast, yum.
I love love love homemade granola! Even better with maple in it!
Homemade granola is so yummy. I love when it is still warm from the oven. Lovely post! A nice “quiet” recipe that you can do while others are still sleeping.
Those photos make my stomach growl! I bought some agave nectar a few weeks ago, but haven’t done anything with it – I think I need to try this recipe.
Thanks for the comment! This granola looks yummy…I love new variations. I think I will make this today because I have all the ingredients! 🙂
I’m like you, I have never been able to have a lie in (unless Im hungover!!) and now I don’t get the opportunity to anyway with two smal kids. I bet the smell was divine
A pity he couldn’t eat it. I was thinking homemade granola would be such a wonderful thing to wake up to. I can’t sleep in either. I should be making my husband a better breakfast.
I can’t sleep in either – once I am up, I am up. This granola sounds wonderful, I love that you used maple.
Sounds super yummy! This recipe is almost the same as mine but I haven’t added wheat germ and I will throw it in next time I make Granola. Thanks!
I wish I could potter around the house undisturbed in the morning, my husband always decides to get up aswell and hover about in the way.
I’ve never made my own granola, it looks really good.
Homemade granola is the best. I love to eat it on icecream, yogurt and just by itself with milk. You recipe looks really good!
I love maple anything. And, this looks delish!
if you’re gonna make one thing at home and never buy it at the store, it should be granola. that’s my belief. and i’m with you–i get an early start on the baking practically every morning!
Looks awesome 🙂 I keep meaning to thank you for posting your list of Christmas gift ideas! I sent it to my mom & ended up with a homemade yogurt maker. We LOVE it! Thanks for the awesome idea!
Sounds like a terrific granola recipe. I’m an early riser too. And love waking up, getting my coffee, then cooking something, anything…
I have such issues sleeping in as well! It is so frustrating. At least you got this delicious granola out of the deal.
I love those quiet moments in the morning when I get inspired to bake something. It definitely gets me starting the day in a good mood. Freshly baked granola and yogurt sounds like a perfect breakfast to me!
I love maple syrup.. it’s one of those flavors I cook with as often as I can, just like bourbon vanilla. It’s so intoxicating!
This is a wonderful recipe for granola.. thanks for sharing!
I WAS NOT SNORING
We love Agave! My kids always put it on toast.
I’m an early riser too. Sometimes up befor the kids on Christmas 🙂
this is the perfect way to start the day!
This looks like a wonderful recipe, Maria. I’ll have to try it very soon.
I absolutely love homemade granola. Need to make more!
I really want to try and make my own granola. I think it’d be very tasty.
Same here! I always wake up early even on weekends. Love granola, with yogurt or porridge..yum!
Your husband’s comment cracked me up! Your granola looks delectable—the perfect snack to take on a hike.
That sounds like a perfect breakfast!
Oh, yes. I love granola. And maple granola is a particular favorite. Sounds like the perfect way to start your day!
Yum… I think I have most of the ingredients for this on hand. Perhaps I’ll whip up a batch tomorrow.
I’ve been meaning to make granola for months, but hadn’t found a recipe that sounded that amazing. I think this is the one I’ll attempt first, because I LOVE anything with maple!
Yep, granola is just the thing to start a morning with. This version looks great!
I love granola – this looks delicious!
Whew…this looks so full of flavor and crunch. And the maple sounds SO good.
This sounds almost exactly like how I make my granola. A time saver tip – make a huge batch and freeze it! That’s what I always do. I make a big batch with 12 – 14 cups of oats. Then I freeze it and take smaller portions out as I need them. Then I don’t have to make it too often but I always have some in the house. I eat it pretty much every day. So good!! You can even eat it right from the freezer. It takes almost no time to thaw. Another yummy thing to add is ground flax seed. Or pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
Mary-I have never put my granola in the freezer, great idea. thanks!
Granola is one of my favorite things to make-making it homemade is so much better than trying to find something as good in stores! I always lots of dried fruits like craisins and apricots-the sweetness combined with the saltiness of the nuts is perfect!
I’ve been looking for a good homemade granola recipe for a while now and it looks like I’ve finally found the right one. Can’t wait to try this one out. Maple almond is my absolute favorite.
Mike-I hope you enjoy the granola!
This is the simplest and tastiest granola recipe I’ve made and it was delicious!! Thanks! I omitted the sugar because the maple syrup-agave combo provided the perfect amount of sweetness. Thanks again!
Thanks-a-mundo for the blog.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on…