30 Minute Maple Walnut Granola, no refined sugar!

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The first time I made granola without adding water, was this recipe from Little House Living. However, I failed at hitting the 20-minute baking time, possibly due to my preference for a deeper golden brown granola. 
But one thing was clear from making up that recipe, it taught me that without adding water and only using natural sweetening, the baking time is shortened tremendously. 

The granola recipe I had used for years called for making a syrup out of sugar and water to moisten the oats then baking for an hour or longer. As much as I enjoyed the finished product, I never looked forward to actually making that granola, only eating it! 

Why I did not think to eliminate the water and use honey or real maple syrup remains a mystery to me, but I never did until coming across the Little House Living granola. Fast forward 20 years and I am learning that I function better without refined sugars as part of my breakfast. 

Actually, I have been turning to honey, real maple syrup and dates as sweetening agents for a few years now, and I not only feel better for it, but I don't crave sweets like I used to...

That led me to decide to revise many of the recipes here on OurSundayCafe, and make them just as delicious, but with no added refined sugar. Since I eat granola pretty much every day, I started there, I offer you...

30 Minute Maple Walnut Granola, no refined sugar!
30 Minute Maple Walnut Granola.

30 Minute Maple Walnut Granola
350-degree oven

5 c oatmeal
2 c broken walnut pieces
1 c pumpkin seeds
1 c coconut shreds – unsweetened

1/2  c coconut oil, melted
1 1/4 c Real Maple Syrup
1/8 t salt
1 t vanilla

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Melt the coconut oil stir in the maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. 

Pour over the oat mixture, stir well to coat each piece evenly. 
Transfer to a large flat roasting pan. 

30 Minute Maple Walnut Granola, with no refined sugar!

Bake 15 minutes, stir well, bringing contents from the corner of the pan to the center, and from the bottom of the pan to the top. 

Bake 10 more minutes, stir once again, bake the final 5 minutes is a deeper golden brown color is desired. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, stir gently, let cool completely. Transfer to a lidded container, keep sealed tightly for freshness. 


You may also like, 30 Minute Honey Almond Granola, also with NO refined sugar!

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  1. This sounds delicious! How do you enjoy your granola? I like mine with yogurt and fresh fruit. Thanks for the recipe, Rocquie

    1. This is one of two flavors of granola we keep on hand, it is my go to breakfast. Unfortunately yogurt and myself no longer get along, but that sounds like a wonderful way to enjoy a bowl of granola! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hello!!! The best trick I learned about making granola was to use my slow cooker! So much easier. (https://www.bethfishreads.com/2017/03/weekend-cooking-3-great-kitchen-hacks.html). I usually add dried fruit after the granola has cooled.

    1. I have used your crockpot process with great success, and I love the idea of adding the dried fruit to the finished batch. Thanks for dropping by!


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