Say hello to my go-to quick and easy breakfast! We love this homemade Maple Almond Granola and paired with greek yogurt and fresh fruit, it’s totally a healthy and delicious way to start your day!
I’m positively loving the copious amounts of sunshine lately and just how easy it is to eat healthy during the warmer months. Gone are the days of cheesy, saucy comfort foods and sugary baked treats. No sir. Summertime is all about the smoothies, salads, fruit pops, and yogurt bowls.
We have maple almond granola!!! Fresh berries!!! Greek Yogurt!!!
aaaaand copious amounts of exclamation marks too.
This busy mama needs a few stupid-simple recipes in her arsenal and these loaded fruit and yogurt granola bowls fit the bill.
I like to whip up a large batch of maple almond granola once the nugget goes to sleep and make it rain maple almond deliciousness all week long.
Tasty Granola Recipes
You can even use this granola (or your favorite from the list above) to make cookies. Chocolate Pecan Granola Cookies are such a hit around here and the perfect way to use up that last little scoop of granola. Love it so!
The chickpea and I are so very in love with this granola. When we’re not enjoying it by the handful as a mid-day snack, we’re pouring it over our tasty morning breakfast bowls. I love that it’s something we both adore, which is a tricky feat with a toddler!
Maple Almond Granola
This maple almond granola is delicious! It has been in heavy duty rotation around here lately. If I don’t whip up a granola bowl for breakfast there’s a pretty good chance I’ll be noshing on handfuls of granola as a mid-day snack or as a little post-workout faceplant. I’ve even been known to toss in some dark chocolate chips and call it dessert when the craving strikes.
While I could ramble on forever, It’s totally time to dive into this recipe. Let’s do this!
Maple Almond Granola
FOR THE OPTIONAL GRANOLA BOWLS:
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt non-fat or regular
- 1 cup total of fresh blueberries and strawberries
- 2-3 TBSP toasted coconut optional
- 1-2 tsp chia seeds optional
- 1/4-1/3 cup maple almond granola
- Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F and move the center rack up a level so it’s on the second level/rack from the top.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together maple syrup, coconut oil, brown sugar, vanilla, honey and salt.
- Add your oats and almonds, using a rubber spatula to fold the mixture together.
- Use your spatula to pour the granola onto your parchment-paper lined baking pan. Flatten the mixture into layer with your spatula, adding pressure to pack it down so the granola is nice and compact. You don’t want to see the parchment paper peeking through, so if using a larger baking sheet, feel free to push the mixture to the side a little so the paper doesn’t peek through.
- Bake for 20 minutes, rotate the pan for even toasting, then bake for an additional 15-25 minutes, checking at the 15 min mark and yanking once it’s deliciously golden.
- Once you remove your granola from the oven, allow it to cool on the baking sheet on your counter (or atop a cooling rack) until completely cooled. This will give it some time to get that signature crunch we all know and love!
FOR THE GRANOLA BOWLS:
- In theory, you’ll want to whip up this tasty granola in advance, as it can be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks; perfect for easy snacking and all your breakfast needs!
- Top a jumbo scoop or two of your favorite Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries and blueberries and top with as much granola as your heart desires!
- For a burst of tropical goodness and some heart-healthy fiber add some freshly toasted shredded coconut and chia seeds to the mix!
- Heat a skillet to medium heat. Add desired amount of flaked or shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened – up to you!) and stir frequently as it begins to toast. Remove from heat once the coconut is mostly golden brown and top on your tasty granola bowls. Your toasted coconut will keep in an airtight container for at least 4 days, possibly longer.
This granola is gloriously gluten-free and vegetarian. As for my T-Rex friends, no you may not add bacon to your granola. Go sit in the corner. You can join the rest of us when you’re ready to behave.
Seriously put down the bacon, bro.
The granola itself is deliciously vegan, enjoy by the handful or via your favorite delivery method! You can even whip up a maple almond granola bowl with fresh coconut milk yogurt (delish!!!) for a tasty vegan granola bowl.