This crunchy granola recipe can be crumbled into large or small clusters, it’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup, and it’s easy to make with just 10 minutes of prep time!
- Prep the oven and baking sheet. Heat oven to 300°F (150°C). Line a half sheet pan (18 x 13 inches) with parchment paper and set aside.
- Heat the wet ingredients. Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture for 4-5 minutes over medium heat until warm (the coconut oil should be completely melted) but not simmering, whisking until evenly combined. Remove from heat.
- Add the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, almonds, coconut flakes, pecans and sunflower seeds. Drizzle the maple syrup mixture over the dry ingredients. Gently toss until evenly combined.
- Bake. Spread the granola out evenly on the sheet pan and then gently press it down with a spatula. Bake for 25 minutes, then without stirring, remove the pan and rotate it 180° (so that it will cook evenly from front to back). Bake for 15-20 more minutes until the granola is lightly golden on top. Transfer the pan to a wire baking rack and let it cool completely. If the granola seems a bit loose when it comes out of the oven, don’t worry, it will dry and harden as it cools.
- Serve. Once the granola has cooled, use your hands to break it up into your desired size of chunks. Then serve and enjoy! Leftover granola can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Salt: Please note that if you only have iodized table salt on hand, you will need to use 1/2 teaspoon (instead of 1 teaspoon).