Maple Almond Cranberry Granola

Homemade maple almond cranberry granola is satisfying and delicious made with maple, sweet cranberries, crunchy almonds, and cinnamon spice. With lots of cozy flavor in each bite, this will be your new favorite fall snack. 

maple almond cranberry granola with a serving spoon

Today’s maple almond cranberry granola is one of my favorite snacks to make as the temperatures start to cool and the leaves begin to change. It’s satisfying and cozy, and a relatively quick recipe for busy fall schedules.

maple almond cranberry granola in a glass bowl with a serving spoon

This Maple Almond Cranberry Granola Is

  • Hearty and wholesome
  • Simple to prepare with 8 basic ingredients
  • Cinnamon spiced
  • A great on-the-go snack
  • Delicious any time of day
  • Vegan and gluten free (if using certified GF oats)

whole almonds and sliced almonds for maple almond cranberry granola

Ingredients & Adaptations

Made with a handful of ingredients, this granola recipe can be easily adapted to your tastes and preferences. Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats are the base of today’s granola. I don’t recommend quick or instant oats– the texture of the whole, rolled oats helps the granola stick together. Use certified gluten free oats for a completely gluten free recipe.
  • Almonds: Almonds add crunch, texture, and flavor. I use a mix of whole almonds and sliced almonds. You can use both or either, whatever is easiest.
  • Dried Cranberries: For sweet/tart flavor, I love to use dried cranberries. Dried apples, dried cherries, chopped dates, or even raisins would also be delicious.
  • Cinnamon: I love cinnamon with maple and cranberry flavors, so I use an entire teaspoon. You can cut down to 1/2 teaspoon if you’d like. Try adding a pinch of ground nutmeg and ground all-spice for extra fall-inspired flavor! Or use the same amount of pumpkin pie spice instead.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt adds flavor.
  • Maple Syrup: Pure maple syrup sweetens the granola.
  • Coconut Oil: Melted coconut oil helps bind everything together.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds flavor. Try using homemade vanilla extract.

dry ingredients including oats and almonds in a glass bowl

It’s really easy to make. Mix all the dry ingredients together, add the wet ingredients including the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, then spread the mixture onto a lined baking sheet and bake. This granola takes about 30 minutes in the oven. As it cools, it gets a little crunchy!

dry ingredients and dried cranberries in a glass bowl with a wood spoon

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Maple Almond Cranberry Granola

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 4 cups
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Feel refreshed and recharged with this fall-inspired, wholesome, and crunchy maple almond cranberry granola recipe!


Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups (200g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup (140g) whole almonds*
  • 2/3 cup (80g) dried cranberries
  • 1/2 or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I always use a full teaspoon!)*
  • pinch salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Toss the oats, almonds, cranberries, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Make sure all of the oats are moistened.
  3. Spread onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Allow granola to cool completely – the air will help the granola obtain a crunchy texture.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Granola is the perfect recipe to make ahead because it stays fresh for so long. Store this in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
  2. Almonds: I used a mix of whole almonds and sliced almonds. You can use both or either, whatever is easiest.
  3. Cinnamon: I LOVE cinnamon with maple and cranberry flavors, so I use an entire teaspoon. You can cut down to 1/2 teaspoon if you’d like. Try adding a pinch of ground nutmeg and ground all-spice for extra fall-inspired flavor! Or use the same amount of pumpkin pie spice instead.

Keywords: homemade granola, maple almond cranberry granola

106 Comments

  1. I adore this recipe, but I question whether it’s truly healthy. Can anyone help, because I don’t want to stop eating it. I typed this recipe into Weight Watchers, and it’s 30 points per serving, if you assume 1 cup serving sizes. I easily eat 1 cup for breakfast (as cereal) and 30 points is over my point allotment for the entire day.

    1. So healthy will honestly be in the eye of the beholder. If you are doing WW and this doesn’t fit into your points then it might not be for you. With that in mind, the ingredients are pretty clean on this recipe. I’m planning on making this because my kids eat a TON of garbage and refined sugar. Perhaps your best bet is to use it as more of an added crunch to things like yogurt and such.

  2. Boyfriend loves granola and this has recently become his favorite, however we found that it was better to add the dried cranberries near very end of cooking otherwise they become rock hard.

  3. Donna Provost says:

    I absolutely love this granola! I have made it several times. I changed it a tiny bit and add crystallized ginger after the cooking is done. Also added dried cranberries after the cooking list done.

  4. Could I use canola oil

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Phyllis, you sure can. Enjoy!

  5. Love this granola. I’ve made it many times, take it to share with friends. I bake it for about 45 min and add cranberries when it’s done. I also add pecans.

  6. I haven’t been able to locate the PB & J granola recipe on here or regular Google! FYI! I make it often, so it’s unusual. Was it taken down?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Janel! We were no longer satisfied with the outcome of that older recipe, so we unpublished it. We still have it, so send us an email and we can forward it to you. [email protected] Thanks!

  7. Could I use butter instead of the coconut oil?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Cat, we haven’t tested it but you can try replacing the coconut oil with melted butter.

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