I’ve been playing with granola flavors for months now, and this vanilla maple almond granola is my favorite one yet!
It’s so cozy and satisfying, you’re going to love it.
Do you have to use almonds? Absolutely not.
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Make This Vanilla Almond Granola Your Own
If you’re allergic to nuts, skip them. Dried cranberries would also go well in this granola if you can’t use a nut or seed component.
If you can’t find or don’t want to use almonds, use walnuts, cashews or pepitas instead.
Make sure to use a sharp knife when cutting the nuts you choose to use! We love this Nakano knife! Use the code TALIA for 10% off.
What you can add to this maple granola (after it cools down)
- Coconut flakes
- Chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried fruit
- Caramel chips
- Chocolate chips
How To Make Crunchy Granola
While cooking granola, it will be helpful to stir it every 10 mins or so while baking it in low heat. Make sure to use a sheet pan – not a baking dish – when making granola.
The one thing to avoid with granola is not letting it cool all the way down before storing. If you transfer it to a container when it’s still warm, condensation will collect inside the container and make it moist. No thanks!
To make crunchy granola clusters, mix a beaten frothy egg white into the oat mixture before baking. The egg whites act as a binder and make delicious, crunchy clumps of granola!
Note we didn’t test this egg white method with this recipe, but it should work for all granola recipes.
Are Oats Gluten-Free?
Technically, yes oats are naturally gluten-free! However, there is still a chance of cross-contamination with gluten-containing grains when they are at the farm or during transportation. So if you are gluten-free, make sure to pick up certified GF oats to be safe!
Ways To Eat This Delicious Vanilla Granola
When eating this granola, pair it with your favorite yogurt, cottage cheese, or just eat it like cereal! Why not?
If you’re into smoothie bowls, this granola would make a great crunchy topping.
This recipe calls for 1 cup of oats and I’m calling 1/4 cup of granola one serving. If you want to use more or less as one serving, that’s entirely up to you!
I personally love to enjoy my granola with milk, like a bowl of cereal. Yum!
How to double this almond granola recipe:
To double this recipe, simply double the ingredients! And I highly recommend doing that, because this granola will go FAST. You can still just use one sheet pan when doubling this recipe.
To add more volume, add more toppings (listed above) or make sure to eat it with something filling like Greek yogurt or cottage cheese!
My favorite Containers for Granola
Storage & reheating notes for vanilla almond granola:
This granola can last in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks and in the freezer for up to 3 months. It doesn’t need to be reheated.
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The Best Vanilla Maple Almond Granola
Servings 4 servings
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup almonds raw unsalted , chopped
- 1/4 cup almonds raw unsalted, left whole
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 TBSP granulated sugar + more if you want it on the sweeter side!
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- 2 TBSP coconut oil or butter
- cooking spray
Preheat your oven to 325 F. Add the oats, chopped almonds, whole almonds, cinnamon and salt to a mixing bowl.
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the coconut oil or butter and add the vanilla, granulated sugar and maple syrup. Mix well and turn off the heat when combined. Pour the vanilla and maple mixture into the bowl with the oats and stir well.
Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray. Pour the oat mixture on the tray and spread the oats out. Bake for 10 minutes, then take the pan out and stir/flip the oats. Place the tray back in the oven for 10 minutes, then let it cool for 10 minutes before storing in a container. Serve with yogurt, cottage cheese or eat it on its own!