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Almond Butter Granola with Maple

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Last updated on August 17th, 2020 at 01:26 pm

A little sweet, a little salty this homemade almond butter granola is simple to make and perfect for breakfast or an on-the-go snack.

I am not a breakfast person. Well, I love making breakfast- have you tried my vegan spiced apple pecan pinwheels? – I just don’t eat it. My morning ritual consists of making a jar of vegan iced coffee as big as my head and carrying it around with me like a blankie for the next hour. I know this is not a good ritual but it has been mine for many years and it is hard to let go. I also run every day so it’s not all bleak.

Almond Butter Maple Granola in a glass storage jar sitting on a clothed table

Recently however, granola is sneaking its way in to my mornings. It began on our trip to the States where I took to carrying a bag of Purely Elizabeth granola around and to be honest, I think I became a little hooked.

As soon as I arrived home I began playing with my own version of the company’s nut butter granola and after a little streamlining and tweaking this awesome homemade almond butter granola with maple is a fixture on our breakfast scene.

Making Your Own = Cheaper

I’ve flirted with granola for many years. I’ve made ginger pear granola bites and a dark chocolate cherry buckwheat granola to die for.  I think it’s time to get serious.

The husband eats it every morning with yoghurt and fruit and I love making the stuff, I just can’t commit to breakfast every day. But the fantastic thing for us non-breakfast-types is you can pop your granola in a baggy or container and take it with you.

overhead image of a breakfast table setting on a textured white tablecloth. A bowl of almond butter maple granola sits int eh centre with a a small bowl of blueberries nearby and a jar of almond butter. Pink and white flowers in a vase off to the left.

Granola is the perfect portable snack and while some are put off by the cost of buying the ingredients to make your own granola, it’s actually cheaper. I did the math while whipping up my wonderfully chunky sesame granola

To keep the cost of my homemade granola down I have a tried and true base that, while still good for you, won’t break the bank.

Rolled oats

Buckwheat groats

Sunflower seeds

Shredded coconut

Maple syrup

Coconut oil and

Sometimes nuts, sometimes not.

If you need a gluten-free version, simply substitute gluten-free oats, rice flakes or quinoa flakes for the rolled oats. Buckwheat is already gluten-free and I always add buckwheat.

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Buckwheat is one of my favourite things to cook with being incredibly cheap, easy to prepare and loaded with good stuff.  I usually activate buckwheat – you can read why in this Smoky Eggplant Buckwheat Bowl post-  by soaking the groats in a little water and apple cider vinegar overnight but for granola I don’t. Buckwheat adds awesome crunch and texture.

Less Ingredients

While I can’t see a time when I will leap out of bed to a hearty breakfast each morning, I am quietly becoming a very big fan of this homemade almond butter granola with maple. I find myself with my hand in the granola jar throughout the day pinching a little more. I eat it by the handful, sprinkled over coconut yoghurt and I’ve even sprinkled it on my peanut butter smeared apple slices snack. Don’t judge.

It’s delicious. With a lot less ingredients than the original store-bought version, this nut buttery granola is the perfect balance of sweet and salty at half the price to make. And it goes perfectly with a coffee as big as your head. Enjoy.

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Homemade Almond Butter Granola with Maple

Inspired by Purely Elizabeth's nut butter granola, this homemade version is deliciously moreish being a little salty and a little sweet. 
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: homemade almond butter granola
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 398kcal
Author: Amanda Logan

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups rolled oats gluten-free if required
  • 1 cup buckwheat groats raw
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar optional

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees C (340 degrees F) and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Combine the almond butter, maple syrup and coconut oil in a small saucepan stirring over low heat until well combined. 
  • Add the oats, buckwheat, coconut, pecans, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon and sea salt to a large mixing bowl. 
  • Add the nut butter mixture to the dry ingredients and stir through to coat thoroughly. 
  • Spread the granola mixture evenly over the prepared baking tray and pop in the oven for around 40 minutes, turning the tray half-way through the cooking time. 
  • When the granola is golden, remove from the oven and sprinkle it with raw sugar. Leave to cool completely before transferring to an air-tight container. 
  • Store the granola in a cool-dry place for up to 2 weeks. 

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 332mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2.3mg
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About Author

Amanda Logan is a published cookbook author, recipe developer and food photographer based in Australia. She is a contributor to Nourish Australia magazine and has appeared in Thrive Magazine, Vegan Food and Living, The Zoe Report and The Australian Vegan Magazine.

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Jane
November 1, 2018 11:55 pm

Yum! I’m a big granola fan! Can’t wait to try this. Feel free to share your recipes on my website – Kitchen Thyme. We share each recipe on social media, weekly meal plans, newsletters and recipe round ups. I hope you join us! https://kitchenthy.me/

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lisa
October 9, 2018 4:36 am

5 stars
I made this last night for the family, hands down best granola ever

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