Sweet, crunchy, nutty, and deliciously addicting! This Crunchy Granola has it all and it is so quick and easy to make! Add it to your yogurt, cereal or eat it for a snack. It also makes a great gift!
I’ve got this friend Michelle. She is one the most amazing moms I know. She and I are workout buddies,
lunch wine partners, we turn to each other when our children worry or frustrate us, and she’s who I bounce my recipes off of all the time. Between our busy schedules, toddler/kid tantrums, and crazy lives whilst dealing with Covid, somehow we always find time to talk about food.
Whether we discuss what’s for dinner, ordering out, trying to find ways to get our kids to eat breakfast in a decent amount of time that is faster than a snail’s pace, food always makes its way into our daily conversations.
Several years ago, I had hosted an Easter Egg hunt and brunch potluck. Michelle was kind enough to volunteer to make some granola. Before this, I never thought to make granola at home, we always bought it. Man it was good.
At that time, my oldest was not really fond of eating granola. At another time, we were invited over to their place for brunch and sure enough there was granola. Michelle’s daughter Eleanor called it crunch-crunch and of course, in toddler language, that was good enough for Sanaya to start eating granola.
This crunchy granola recipe is in honor of Michelle and Eleanor who introduced homemade granola to my family after which we have never turned back to store bought. It is especially a nod of thank you and love to Eleanor’s love of crunch-crunch.
WHAT MAKES THIS GRANOLA SO CRUNCHY?
I’ve recently learned a secret during my experiments in the kitchen. If I melt the maple syrup and olive oil together for a couple of minutes. Once I’ve added this to the granola mix and it starts to cool down, the maple syrup starts to coagulate. As this heats and cools during the baking process, it will help the granola harden into one large chunk which you can then break into pieces.
WHAT MAKES THIS SO SPECIAL?
The simplicity of this granola I think is what I love best. It literally takes me 3 minutes to combine all the dry ingredients, another 3 minutes to heat up the syrup and oil and add it to the granola mix. After that, basically a waiting game for the granola to cook and cool down enough so we all can eat it without burning our mouths.
I always use coconut in my granola – it’s a staple I don’t think I can live without in my granola. As for the nuts, I chose to use almond slivers and pistachios. I kept the pistachios whole for an added crunch and they taste SO good roasted. You can easily give them a rough chop if you have little ones who are not able to have whole nuts just yet.
Well… what are you waiting for? Go ahead. Try this recipe and get hooked like we have!
From my kitchen to yours, I hope you enjoy this deliciously Simple Homemade Crunchy Granola.
Simple Homemade Crunchy Granola
- 1 1/2 c old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 c coconut flakes
- 1/2 c raw almond slivers
- 1/2 c pistachios (optional: roughly chopped up)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/3 c maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
- In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut flakes, almonds, pistachios, brown sugar, and salt. Stir to mix well.
- In a small saucepan, combine maple syrup and oil. Simmer over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until completely emulsified. Add in the vanilla extract and give it a quick whisk.
- Pour over the oats mixture and stir to combine thoroughly.
- Transfer granola mix to the baking sheet and spread into a thin, even layer.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Granola should be golden brown in color.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks!
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