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Ultimate Pecan Maple Almond Butter Gluten-Free Granola – Healthy!

This easy homemade Pecan Maple Almond Butter Gluten-Free Granola is high in almond butter protein and has only healthy, simple ingredients. Delicious pecans, maple syrup, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, and warm spices combine to create this favorite granola recipe! It’s a chunky granola that can be eaten as a snack by the handful or as a topping for vanilla yogurt or smoothies.

Maple Pecan Granola in a jar

If you are gluten intolerant or have Celiac Disease, you know finding a good store-bought granola can be a challenge. Making your homemade recipe is not only healthier but also satisfying. My husband loves this recipe with all the crunchy clusters. I am heading on a trip this month and always pack a ziplock of granola when I travel. Also, I love knowing I have my healthy breakfast cereal packed.

If you love making homemade Granola, you might also enjoy making Chunky Peanut Butter Granola or Thai Spiced Granola, my fav!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • It tastes like Fall!
  • It’s high in almond butter protein.
  • It’s a healthy granola recipe with all the spices and seeds
  • It’s gluten-free and vegan
  • No refined sugar
  • It uses pure maple syrup and old-fashioned oats
  • Great travel snack!
  • It has big, chewy clusters
  • Easy recipe!

Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this fantastic Maple Pecan Granola.

  • Old-Fashioned Certified Gluten-Free Oats
  • Raw Pecans
  • Real Maple Syrup
  • Almond Butter – Use a creamy, all-natural version for best results.
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Sea Salt
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Cranberries
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Ingredients for Maple Pecan Granola

Ingredient Notes for Almond Butter Granola

  • Pecans – raw whole pecans work the best
  • Add your dried cranberries after the granola is baked.
  • Use a runny, all-natural almond butter for easy mixing!

How To Make Pecan Maple Granola – Step by Step

  1. Preheat Oven to 325 and Prepare Your Baking Sheet with Olive Oil
  2. Place Rolled Oats, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, and Ginger in a large bowl and combine.
  3. Add Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds to the Oat Mixture.
  4. Mix Almond Butter, Maple Syrup, and Vanilla Extract until smooth and creamy.
  5. Mix Wet Ingredients and Dry Ingredients. It will be sticky.
  6. Spread on a large prepared baking sheet. Press the mixture down into the pan to flatten. Place the baking pan in the oven on the middle rack.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Rotate the pan halfway.
  8. Cool to room temperature for at least one hour before breaking crunchy granola into chunks.
  9. Store in an airtight container. We always store our homemade granola in the freezer.

Let the Granola Come to Room Temperature

Baked Maple Pecan Granola
Baked Maple Pecan Granola
Maple Pecan Granola in a jar

Storage and Serving Tips

  • For best results and most effortless mixing, use all-natural, runny Amond Butter.
  • Cool Granola entirely before breaking it into chunks.
  • Store granola in an airtight container. We store ours in the freezer.
  • You can add dried fruit, chocolate chips, or nibs to granola after it has cooled.
  • Be very careful not to overbake the granola. Bake until light golden brown and remove from oven.
  • Serve with fresh berries in a Parfait or Smoothie Bowl.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Use Peanut Butter or any all-natural nut or seed butter instead of Almond Butter.
  • Walnuts would also taste delicious in this recipe.
Chunk Maple Pecan Gluten-Free Granola with Pumpkins and leaves

Frequently Asked Questions About Pecan Maple Granola

Is Granola Gluten Free?

Granola is very popular, and there are many versions of it. The only way to know if granola is gluten-free is if all the ingredients in the granola are free of gluten, including the oats. If you buy packaged granola, always purchase a gluten-free variety like Udi’s. When making homemade granola, use certified gluten-free oatmeal such as Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats.

What is in Granola?

Granola is usually a blend of oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, and sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Oil or Nut butter binds the granola together. If you omit the oil and eat it raw, it is called Muesli. You can also use puffed rice or puffed quinoa.

Can you eat granola by itself as a snack?

Yes! This is why we love chunky granola.

What are gluten-free oats?

Gluten-free oats are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free factory to avoid cross-contamination with gluten-containing grains such as wheat. This is especially important for patients with Celiac Disease, who must avoid gluten.

I hope you loved this Maple Pecan Granola. If you make it, leave a rating so I know you liked it!

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Ultimate Pecan Maple Almond Butter Gluten-Free Granola – Healthy!

Maple Pecan Granola in a jar
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This easy homemade Pecan Maple Almond Butter Gluten-Free Granola is high in almond butter protein and has only healthy, simple ingredients. Delicious pecans, maple syrup, almond butter, pumpkin seeds, and warm spices combine to create this favorite granola recipe! It’s a chunky granola that can be eaten as a snack by the handful or as a topping for vanilla yogurt or smoothies.

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 Minutes
  • Yield: 16 Cups
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

Old-Fashioned Certified Gluten-Free Oats – 4 cups

Raw Pecans – 3 Cups

Real Maple Syrup – 1 Cup

Natural, Creamy Almond Butter -2 Cups

Pumpkin Seeds – 1 Cup

Sunflower Seeds – 1/2 Cup

Cinnamon – 2 Teaspoons

Ginger – 1 Teaspoon

Sea Salt – 1/2 Teaspoon

Pure Vanilla Extract – 2 Teaspoons

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 Tablespoon to prepare pan

Instructions

Preheat Oven to 325 F.

1. Prepare a Baking Sheet with one tablespoon of olive oil or oil of choice. (grease baking pan)

2. Place Rolled Oats, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, and Ginger in a large bowl and combine.

3. Add Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds to the Oat Mixture. Mix well. 

4. Mix Almond Butter, Maple Syrup, and Vanilla Extract until smooth and creamy.

5. Mix Wet Ingredients and Dry Ingredients. It will be sticky.

6. Spread on the large prepared baking sheet. Press the granola mixture down into the pan to flatten. Place the baking pan in the oven on the middle rack.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Rotate the pan halfway. Be careful not to overbake. Granola will harden as it cools. 

8. Cool to room temperature for at least one hour before breaking crunchy granola into chunks. Enjoy!

Notes

Store in an airtight container. We store our granola in the freezer. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Cup

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5 Comments

  1. This was so tasty and easy to make. I take it to work with me and have to eat it in private as my co-workers all want some. I made it and put it in bags and gave it as gifts, they loved it.






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