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Maple Sunbutter Granola

I am a huge fan of granola, I eat it not only for breakfast, but as a snack, or lunch and sometimes even for dinner. I’ve also been known to eat it by the handful right out the jar!
Maple Sunbutter Granola
The combination of ingredients is endless and you can combine your favorites to come up with millions of possibilities.

I used the Sunflower Seed Butter that I made last week for this particular granola. I am a big fan of Livvy from 86Lemons and I found her recipe for Maple Sunbutter Granola shortly after I made my sunflower seed butter. Seemed like fate to me!

In the past I’ve made the full version of recipes only to have a lot go to waste before I can eat it all, so I decided to only make a half batch of this granola. I had no trouble wolfing this down within a few days, so next time I will be sure to make the full four cups!

Ingredients:
Makes 2 cups

  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1/8 cup flaxseed seed meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/8 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup Sunflower Seed Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Brand)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray a cookie sheet lightly with oil. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flax meal, salt, coconut flakes, and sunflower seeds, and mix well.
  2. Place the maple syrup and Sunflower Seed Butter in a small microwaveable bowl (such as a glass Pyrex measuring cup with a pour spout) and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add in the vanilla and mix together thoroughly.
  3. Pour the maple and Sunflower Seed Butter mixture over the oats and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the granola onto the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden color, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  5. If you decide to add dried fruit, you can stir this into the granola when it has cooled. This prevents the dried fruit from burning or drying out too much. Enjoy!

Maple Sunbutter Granola

Have you ever made your own granola? What’s your favorite way to eat it? I like mine with almond milk.

{ 14 comments… add one }

  • 86 Lemons February 4, 2013, 8:13 am

    Hi Anna! So glad you enjoyed this recipe – I LOVE it, too! I can take no credit for it, though. As I mentioned in the post, it’s (a reader recipe) from fitsugar (http://goo.gl/KguRV).

  • a farmer in the dell February 4, 2013, 7:41 pm

    I love granola too! I am always looking for new recipes. Yum!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction February 5, 2013, 3:16 pm

    I made a new granola recipe over the weekend and now I’m kicking myself for not making it with sunflower seed butter. Oh well, maybe I’ll have to make it again. ;) I make granola ALL the time. My favorite way to eat it is on top of vanilla yogurt. SO good! I have it for breakfast and throughout the day often.

  • Herbivore Triathlete February 5, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Oh yes, you definitely have to try it with sunflower seed butter, it is SO good! Granola rules.

  • Jodye @ Chocolate and Chou Fleur February 5, 2013, 4:42 pm

    I’m a sucker for a good granola recipe, and you used sunflower butter! The best! Plus chocolate chips make all granola that much better.

  • Kristy February 5, 2013, 4:48 pm

    I love making my own granola. I love the idea of combining maple syrup and sun butter and dried fruit and chocolate chips- this is soooo happening!

  • Herbivore Triathlete February 5, 2013, 7:59 pm

    Absolutely Jodye, chocolate chips make everything better! ;)

  • Hannah (BitterSweet) February 5, 2013, 9:32 pm

    Way to put that sunflower seed butter to good use! I can’t help but imagine this with almond butter though… One of my favorites. I haven’t made granola in quite a while, but this recipe could be just the thing to change all that. :)

    • Herbivore Triathlete February 6, 2013, 4:42 pm

      Almond butter would be amazing for granola! It’s my second favorite nut butter, right behind cashew butter. :)

  • Amy Tong February 5, 2013, 10:57 pm

    Your granola looks awesome. I love making my own granola for the same reason that I can add whatever I want in it. :) I love the flavor combination in yours.

    • Herbivore Triathlete February 6, 2013, 4:39 pm

      Thanks! That’s what I love about homemade granola and granola bars, I can add whatever I feel like at the time and what I have on hand at home.

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