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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. We also use it to sweeten maple almond granola clusters— they’re very similar to today’s recipe but as clusters!
  • Coconut Oil: Melted coconut oil helps bind everything together.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds flavor. Try using homemade vanilla extract.

Want to try other flavors? You might enjoy this pumpkin granola instead.

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 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


Ingredients

Scale
  • 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

Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. Turned out wonderfully! I followed the recipe exactly, and baked it convection at 275 degrees for 30 minutes, let it cool and added the craisins and chia seeds. I like to put pepita seeds in it as well.
    Thanks for the great recipe for granola!

    1. Thank you for sharing! I renamed this “Christmas Granola”. It smells like a Christmas scented candle while it’s baking.

  2. Super easy and delicious. I swapped the dried cranberries with dried cherries and used chopped walnuts instead of almonds (it’s what I had). Also was short 1/4c of the maple syrup so I added 1/4c of brown sugar to the maple syrup. My house smells like the holidays in August and I love it!

  3. This is soooo good. I used orange flavored olive oil and added Chia Seeds. I also used maple light and regular maple and lots of cinnamon. Delicious.

  4. I make this recipe to bring as a gift when staying with friends and everyone loves it! Very forgiving with substitutions if I have different dried fruit or nuts on hand. Easy to make, bakes itself, t’s a 5 star recipe!

  5. What would you suggest I could do to get more clumpy pieces?

    I love all of your recipes.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Mara, you can try eliminating one of the stirs during bake time (like the final stir). That will help the ingredients stick together and have more clumps when finished. So glad you enjoy our recipes!

  6. First time making granola. This was super simple and delicious! Second batch I tried some of others suggestions. Used dried cherries and added a dash of almond extract , again delicious!

    1. Can’t wait to try it.
      Was wondering if I can add eggs whites to achieve big clusters like in your pumpkin cranberry spice granola?

  7. Love it! I made this, and also subsequently tried modifications and it’s all delicious. I’m an absolute “nut-addict” so I use nut oils e.g. hazelnut, walnut etc for the oil and add matching nuts in the granola. So good!

  8. This is delicious! I made it exactly the same except I used pecans. I thought it would be sticky after baking but it was nice and crunchy. I have always bought store bought granola. Never again! This was easy to make and delicious .

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