Crunchy maple granola

Serve this easy-to-make and customizable granola with yogurt and fresh fruit for a delicious breakfast or snack treat.

Crunchy maple granola

This recipe is a family favorite for weekday breakfasts. It's incredibly simple to make and allows for customization to suit your preferences. Feel free to experiment with different nut and seed combinations, spices, or even substitute honey for maple syrup.

Egg whites are used to create crunchy oat clusters, but the recipe remains delicious and crunchy even if omitted for a vegan option.

Serve these bars for breakfast with kefir, yogurt, or almond milk alongside fresh seasonal fruits. They can also be enjoyed as a parfait layered with colorful fruits and plain yogurt, or even as a dessert with cooked apples and cinnamon topped with granola!

This recipe is perfect for kids to help prepare, with adult supervision only needed for handling hot pans and stirring. They also make wonderful gifts for teachers, colleagues, family, and neighbors.

The baked oatmeal bars stay fresh for at least 3 weeks when stored in a tightly sealed glass container like a Mason jar. Enjoy!

Servings: 8

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes


  • 2 cups rolled oats (old-fashioned type)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (or nut of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients (rolled oats, pecans or walnuts, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, salt).
  3. Add wet ingredients (maple syrup, vanilla, and egg whites) and stir to coat dry ingredients.
  4. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Cool on a rack and transfer to a sealed glass container (will last for at least 3 to 4 weeks).
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 180
  • Total fat: 9 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 160 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 22 g
  • Dietary fiber: 3 g
  • Total sugars: 7 g
  • Protein: 5 g