Why, helllloooo there friends!
I’m writing this now as my entire house smells like a giant pancake and I’m drooling over the fresh maple pecan granola that just came out of the oven. I just can’t get enough of this stuff right now. I forget how much I love this time of year. All the fun holiday parties, decorating, dressing up, gift giving, friends and family, GREAT FOOD…the list goes on and on. I also forget how busy it can get and then with one blink, hello new year! This past weekend we had a really good friend in town from sunny San Diego (too bad it was a gloomy, cold weekend here in Jax) and we had such a great time going out, reminiscing, cooking, and enjoying each others company. We already can’t wait to spend more time with her whether it be in Cali or Florida next. And of course I had to send her home with a granola sample and it already received a thumbs up – score!
Granola used to be one of those things that I never really ate. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just never thought about it. I can definitely say now that it has become one of my new found loves. On yogurt? Yes, please. With milk? Definitely. On fruit? Of course. By itself? Totally. For some reason the words maple and pecan together just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and make me want to bake large amounts of dessert with those two ingredients, all while pretending like its getting cooler outside. This maple pecan granola tastes like perfection…and it even gives me the warm and fuzzies that I was hoping for while daydreaming about it.
In this version of my granola I used imitation maple extract to make that flavor really jump out, but feel free to just use the vanilla extract. Either way you won’t be disappointed. I like to cook this on a slightly lower temperature for a longer time just because it helps prevent the granola from burning, and trust me, no one likes the smell (or taste) of burnt granola. Been there done that.
Not to mention, with the holidays coming up, this granola makes a great gift, and you really can’t get any more homemade than this! Just fill up a small mason jar, tie with twine and a personal name tag and voila! I guarantee they will be ooo-ing and ahh-ing over just the delightful smell alone as they open it. Sorry Kate, guess you just found out your Christmas gift early 😉
Now enough talk, excuse me while I go eat this by the spoonful.
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 heaping tbsp brown sugar
- 3/4 cup chopped pecans
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp imitation maple extract (optional)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Combine dry ingredients (oats, cinnamon, sugar, pecans & salt) in large bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients (extracts, maple syrup and oil) and mix well.
- Pour granola onto large baking sheet and spread out evenly.
- Bake for 25-30 min, stirring every 8-10 min until mixture seems dry.
- The imitation maple extract really gives great flavor, but feel free to leave it out or add in more vanilla to replace it.
- This recipe makes about 2 cups of granola.
- Nutrition Information (per tbsp)
- Calories: 56, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 3.5 g, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Sodium: 5 mg, Saturated Fat: Less than 1 g