If you love the crunchy goodness of granola but don’t love all of the added sugar, this naturally sweetened maple cinnamon walnut granola is the recipe for you. This granola is made with only a handful of ingredients and in under half an hour. Sweetened with only pure maple syrup, this granola is naturally sweetened with no added sugar. Packed with old fashioned oats and crunchy walnuts, and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, this recipe is one you can feel great about eating. Why buy it at the store when it’s so easy to make with a handful of pantry staples?
What can I do with granola?
Granola is one of those things that I have always absolutely loved, but had no self control over. I would sit and eat dry granola from a bag all day long if I could! In reality, granola is a great, healthy food option eaten on its own, or on top of yogurt in a parfait, or alongside your favorite breakfast, or fruit. Honestly, the options are endless.
When I started my health journey I was always discouraged at how high in calories, sugar, and WW points granola could be. Most of that was because of the added sugar in the ingredients. Aside from added sugar, some granola can also have other hidden ingredients that really, are unnecessary if you make it at home. I pretty much stopped eating granola because I didn’t think it was “worth it” to me.
I never thought to make it at home because I didn’t know where to begin, but one day it occurred to me that using my favorite pure maple syrup as a sweetening agent with some oats and other ingredients would make a delicious granola, and believe me, it does!
This granola has no added sugar, and is naturally lower calorie as a result, without the use of any artificial sweeteners or sugar replacements. It uses only a handful of pantry staples as ingredients, and is super versatile; if you don’t have walnuts, use pecans, almonds or whatever else you have on hand! Throw in some raisins, chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or whatever other ingredients you typically enjoy eating in your favorite granola.
What you will need to make this healthy naturally sweetened maple cinnamon walnut granola recipe
The beauty of this recipe (aside from it tasting delicious) is that it only using six ingredients! Most of these ingredients are pantry staples, which makes this an easy and convenient recipe to whip up at home whenever you are in the mood for it.
- old fashioned oats
- I use Quaker old fashioned oats, but any kind will do.
- vanilla extract
- kosher salt
- If you prefer, you can sub it any nut of your choice, or a mixture of nuts. Almonds and pecans work beautifully here also.
- pure maple syrup
- This is an important ingredient, as it is the only sweetening agent in this recipe and it also provides a lot of flavor.
- Make sure to use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup or sugar free syrup. The flavor is different and it will make a huge difference here!
- If you have dietary restrictions that require you to watch your sugar intake, you can substitute sugar free maple syrup, however I have not tasted this version so I can not attest to the flavor for this swap!
How to make homemade granola
I never knew how easy it was to make granola at home, but all it requires is some mixing and a quick bake in the oven. The key to making granola is lining your sheet pan with parchment paper to prevent sticking, but otherwise this recipe is basically effortless. Preheat the oven to 325F. Chop the walnuts into smaller pieces, and add them to a bowl with the oats, cinnamon, vanilla extract, a pinch of kosher salt, and stir to combine. Next, add the maple syrup and toss to coat. Make sure the maple syrup is evenly incorporated throughout the other ingredients to ensure an even flavor throughout the granola.
Next, pour the mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and spread it into a thin layer, using a spatula. Make sure there are no large gaps between the ingredients so that they bake together and hold their shape. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the sheet pan from the oven, but let the granola sit for a while before touching it. At least half an hour to 1 hour, until the granola has a chance to cool and set. Then, break it into chunks. Store in an air tight container, like a large mason jar.
You can also add chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, or any other ingredients you enjoy in your granola. This recipe yields 4 heaping cups of granola.
Naturally Sweetened Maple Cinnamon Walnut Granola
- mixing bowl
- sheet pan
- parchmant paper
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup walnuts chopped
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch kosher salt
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 325F.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, add the oats, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, vanilla extract, salt, and stir to combine.
- Add the maple syrup, and stir to incorporate.
- Make sure the maple syrup is evenly incorporated throughout the other ingredients to ensure an even coating and flavor distribution.
- Spread the granola on the sheet pan in a flat, even layer. Make sure there are no gaps in the ingredients, so that it bakes together.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, and let the granola cool (do not touch it!)
- Let the granola cool for 30-60 minutes before breaking it into pieces.
- 4 WW points (blue and green plans)
- 2 WW points (purple plan)
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