This Date Caramel Maple Pecan Granola is a lightly sweet Superfood granola. Pecans, Oats, coconut, pumpkin and chia seeds and dried blueberries tossed in date caramel and baked to perfection. Vegan Glutenfree Soyfree Recipe. Can be nutfree. Jump to Recipe
It is the season! To make big batches of warm spiced, delicious granola! This Granola uses a mix of dates and maple to sweeten and pecans to add their buttery flavor. The overall profile is caramel like without any refined sugar!
Whenever I’ve tried store bought granola, it usually ends up being a bit too sweet. So this is just the right sweet for me. You can adjust based on your preference. Add a bit more sweetener or add more dried fruit if you like.
The granola takes a few minutes to put together. It can be made oil-free and also nut-free. Use a combination of seeds instead of the pecans.
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- Mac and Cheese Mix in a Jar.
- Cowboy Cookies in a Jar.
- Kitchari Mix in a Jar – Put in instant pot or saucepan and done.
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- Gingerbread Cake in a Jar for 1.
- Mexican Hot chocolate Mix in a Jar. GF
- Brownie Mix in a Jar for 1 or for 8.
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This Granola is Crunchy Crisp, Buttery with the Pecans and coconut, Caramelly with the Dates and maple and vibrant with the dried blueberries! Make a double batch for yourself or for gifting.
Its Crisp, smells amazing and is versatile! Lets make it.
Date Caramel Maple Pecan Granola
- 12 soft dates , soaked in warm water for atleast a half hour
- 2 tbsp maple syrup , 4 tbsp for sweeter
- 1 tbsp oil , coconut or neutral (or omit for oilfree and 1 tbsp more maple syrup)
- 1/4 cup (59.15 ml) non dairy milk or reserved soaking water from the dates
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp (0.5 tsp) salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup (26.67 g) shredded coconut , divided
- 1.5 cups (121.5 g) old fashioned oats (certified glutenfree if needed), or use puffed glutenfree grains
- 1/2 cup (49.5 g) pecans , heaping cup, a mix of chopped and halfs
- 1/4 cup (16 g) pumpkin seeds , or other seeds or nuts such as cashews
- 2 tbsp flax seed meal
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup (80 g) dried blueberries , or chopped dates or other dried fruit
- Line a baking dish with parchment. Preheat the oven to 275 deg F (135 C). Drain the dates (reserve soaking water) and blend with the maple syrup, oil, 1/4 cup milk/soaking water, salt, cinnamon, and 1 tbsp shredded coconut, until smooth. (Add another tbsp of soaking water to help with the blending if needed).
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, coconut, pecans, pumpkin seeds, flax and chia. You can also add 1/4 cup more of chopped nuts or seeds of choice.
- Add the blended date mixture and mix well until all the dry ingredients are coated. Sprinkle a good pinch of salt on the mix.
- Transfer to parchment lined baking sheet or dish. Bake at 275 degrees F for 35 mins, then turn the tray around. Move the granola after 15 mins and then continue to bake for another 20 mins or until crisp. (total 65 to 75 mins)
- Cool for 5 mins, then mix in dried fruit of choice. Cool completely before storing. Store in airtight glass container for upto a month. Serve over breakfast oats, chia pudding, yogurt, smoothie bowls etc
One of the Best granolas I have ever tasted!!
Thank you for this wonderful Recipe!!!
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Just came out of the oven and it smells so delicious. The taste is absolutely fabulous. I love that bird seedy nutty texture that it has. What a delightful combination of flavors.
Could this recipe be used to make granola bars?
yes, double the date mixture, press tightly into a pan and bake.
Awesome recipe. Just made it. I didn’t have enough rolled oats. Made with 1 cup rolled oats ,1 cup puffed rice and lots and lots of nuts and seeds. Tastes really good. Kids liked it too.
Oh my goodness! I’ve just made this and am in love… it’s AMAZING! Total genius using the date caramel! Congrats on a super recipe!
This was fabulous. Thanks!!
I just made this, the flavour is amazing but there seemed to be too much liquid for my dry mixture? Do you use jumbo oats?
hmm,did you add more water to the date caramel? Maybe use 2 tbsp less. I use old fashioned oats. Sometimes thebrand or type absorb liquid differently. Youc an add 1/4 cup or so more. Also the granola will dry out. Just spread it so that it isnt all very clumpy
I added more water as it wouldn’t blend without. I added some more oats too but it still seemed to absorb the liquid quite a bit so wasn’t that easy to spread out. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next time 🙂
extra water will make the oats more soggy rather than just coating them. You can probably make a double batch of the caramel mixture and use half of it. Store the other half to use as caramel elsewhee like to drizzle on pancakes etc
Will do that, thanks Richa! 🙂
Hi Richa 🙂
this granola sounds like a wonderful tasty & healthy breakfast idea. I love that it’s sweetened with dates and has a lot of seeds and nuts in it. Thanks for the recipe! I’ll give this a try right after the holidays, when we’re back home again.
Cassie Autumn Tran
Dates in granola is the BEST! I love how packed with seeds and fruit this granola is. Looks like such a simple yet satisfying breakfast recipe I’d find myself munching on every day!
its so crisp and chewy and just the right sweet
delicious!! I just made and can’t stop eating 😁
I have never made granola but this seeds easy to make!! and I love love love your pictures!
Oats are not necessaritly gluten free, a lot of oats are contaminated with wheat so you are best not having if you are celiac.
You can get certified glutenfree oats. i updated the ingredients to use certified or opt for puffed gf grains.
Absolutely amazing!!! My husband flipped out!! I used 2 cups of broccoli instead of peas. Thx so much for your recipes!
broccoli sounds about right in this granola 🙂 i think you prob made the bombay potatoes nd peas?
Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds perfect and I will try it. You have a beautiful blog.