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Crunchy Pecan & Cranberry Granola

35 min

Breakfast

Homemade staple

Snack

Make-ahead

10 ingredients or less

Pantry-ready

This is one of our absolute favourite granola recipes. We make it all the time! It's a quick one to batch make on the weekend, so that breakfast can come together quickly and easily throughout the week. It's perfect to enjoy with plant-based yogurt or milk, and makes for a deliciously crunchy topping when sprinkled overtop a smoothie bowl.

Servings

(½ cup per serving)

Total

35 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

25 min

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Ingredients

Dry ingredients

  • 4 cups (324 g)
  • 1 cup (109 g)
    raw pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup (40 g)
    unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup (55 g)
    brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup (31 g)
    raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup (36 g)
  • ½ tsp
    ground cinnamon (optional)

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Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C). To a large bowl, add the oats, pecans, coconut flakes, sugar, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon. Mix well.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the oil, maple syrup, and salt. Pour this over the dry ingredients and mix.
  3. Spread out over a lined baking tray and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until lightly golden, stirring once or twice throughout. When removed from the oven, add in the dried fruit and chia seeds.
  4. When fully cooled, transfer to an airtight container or large glass storage jar. Enjoy with yogurt and fruit for breakfast or as a snack!

Storage

  • Store sealed and on the counter for up to 3 weeks.

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Arnoldis - July 31, 2022, 6:12 p.m.

I've made this recipe many times over the years: it's never disappointed! Always tastes so good - even better because you know exactly what went in. Truly a minimum effort for maximum results recipe. 10/10, would recommend 😊

PUL Team - July 31, 2022, 9:31 p.m.

Woop woop! It means so much, Arnoldis, thank you for the glowing feedback 🤗


Amber - June 10, 2022, 2:40 a.m.

This is my favorite granola. My kids and I make it all the time. We eat it plain, with yogurt, like a cereal with almond milk... so delicious!

PUL Team - June 12, 2022, 10:55 p.m.

Mmm sounds lovely, Amber! So glad it's being enjoyed :)


Dee - June 9, 2022, 11:26 p.m.

This is one of my favorite recipes ever. I make it regularly and eat it like cereal with a little plant milk. I've shared this with so many people who also love it. It's crunchy, sweet, satisfying, and super easy to make.

PUL Team - June 12, 2022, 10:23 p.m.

We're so honoured to hear, Dee, thanks a bunch 🤗


Caitlen - May 11, 2022, 5:29 p.m.

I've made this recipe now multiple times and still love how yummy, nutritious and easy to make it is! For years, I've read about how making your own granola can be better for your health & your budget, but was always intimidated by how time-consuming/complicated it seemed to be. So I just always used store-bought granola. And also, I just never had any of the ingredients lying around. But I guess after switching from a calorie-focused to a nutrition-first, plant-based diet, my pantry is always packed with various nuts, seeds, dried fruits - so making my own granola is now second nature to me. Thanks so much for all the inspiration and recipes, PUL team! :)

PUL Team - May 12, 2022, 3:22 p.m.

Hello dearest Caitlen, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the granola! We're so thrilled it's being enjoyed 💚


Prachi - April 26, 2022, 10:12 a.m.

Can i use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Thanks.

PUL Team - April 26, 2022, 4:52 p.m.

Hey Prachi! We've heard positive reviews with coconut in place of vegetable oil. Using refined coconut oil instead of unrefined may be desirable for a more neutral flavour 🙂

MARIAN JOHNSON FIELDING - July 10, 2022, 4:14 p.m.

I haven't made this particular recipe, but in the past when I've tried coconut oil in my granola it did not crisp up ... it was more "soggy"... im curious if anyone else had the same experience.


Gabi - April 25, 2022, 11:54 a.m.

Delicious! I loved the recipe. Thank you. ❤️


Shelly - April 23, 2022, 5:13 a.m.

I’m oil free. Can I make this without it and it still come out good?

PUL Team - April 23, 2022, 11:40 p.m.

Hey there, Shelly! The oil helps the granola crisp up so it won't be as crunchy if omitted. You may be interested in our healthiest granola ever that uses dates and tahini in place of oil and sugar if you haven't already seen it: pickuplimes.com/recipe/health… ☺️


Kaja May - April 20, 2022, 11:47 a.m.

So delicious. Thank-you! Our whole family loves this ❤


Gayatri Raghavan - April 19, 2022, 1:09 p.m.

Love the recipe ❤️ The granola looks and tastes so delicious 😋

PUL Team - April 19, 2022, 8:15 p.m.

So happy to hear, Gayatri ☺️


Any - April 6, 2022, 10:18 p.m.

Thank you for this recipe. I made it today and it's delicious ♡♡
Ps. I used agave syrup and forgot to put brown sugar, still yummy!

PUL Team - April 7, 2022, 12:55 a.m.

Thanks for the insight, Any! We're so happy the granola was enjoyed :D


Christianne - April 5, 2022, 8:37 a.m.

I've got my fourth half -batch in the oven as we speak! I halve the recipe as we don't have the baking dishes to accommodate 4 cups of oats plus ingredients. My husband isn't a granola enthusiast but he does happily add this to his bowl of yoghurt and fruit! So this one's definitely a keeper in our house! Thank you for sharing!

PUL Team - April 5, 2022, 9:06 p.m.

Oh, Christianne, we appreciate the kind words so much! So glad the granola is being enjoyed 😊


AnnKa - April 4, 2022, 3:17 p.m.

This is the best granola ever!
I make it every two weeks and enjoy it every morning with a banana or blueberrys and coconut yogurt!
Thank you so much for this recipe!

PUL Team - April 5, 2022, 5:24 a.m.

Aw it means so much, AnnKa, thank you 😃


Paula - April 2, 2022, 8:38 p.m.

Looking forward to trying this recipe

PUL Team - April 3, 2022, 10:26 p.m.

We hope you enjoy it, Paula!


Sruthi - April 2, 2022, 5:32 p.m.

Love your recipes Sadia! I don't have an oven, can this be pan roasted instead? Thanks!

PUL Team - April 3, 2022, 9:09 p.m.

Hey Sruthi, yes you can bake it on a pan if desired. The baking time will be less so we'd recommend keeping a close eye on it and avoiding overly high heat. We've heard positive reviews with around 20 minutes total 🙂


Sarah El Shater - April 2, 2022, 4:06 p.m.

Always enjoy trying your recipes, thank you


Muriel - March 31, 2022, 9:06 p.m.

Yummy! Schnell gemacht und so lecker. Kommt auch bei Kindern als Geschenk / "Mitbringsel" in ein Glas gefüllt richtig gut an.

PUL Team - March 31, 2022, 11:13 p.m.

We're so glad the granola is being enjoyed, Muriel ☺️


Eileen - March 24, 2022, 1:58 a.m.

My family &I love this and all if your granola recipes.

Some time back you had an additional granola recipe that I can’t find on your site anymore.
The wet ingredients had peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla. The dry ingredients had a puffed rice, cacao nibs and then the usual ingredients.
Is it possible to get that recipe again?

Thank you for having clean and delicious options.

PUL Team - March 24, 2022, 3:13 p.m.

Hi Eileen, thanks for the question! One recipe that comes to mind is our Crunchy Almond & Mango Granola which you can use puffed rice in place of the puffed quinoa we use, and peanut butter in place of almond. Here is the recipe link if that sounds like the right one: pickuplimes.com/recipe/crunch… 😃


Melina - March 15, 2022, 12:51 p.m.

Just made the granola today and it tuned out amazing!
As I don't have an oven I baked it in a pan for around 20 minutes and it worked perfectly as well.
Thank you for all the tasty, nourishing recipes!!

PUL Team - March 15, 2022, 6:31 p.m.

A lovely idea, Melina, thank you for taking the time to share 😃


Amna - March 1, 2022, 7:59 p.m.

It is so easy to make and so delicious!! Everyone is my house loved it <3

PUL Team - March 2, 2022, 6:06 a.m.

So happy it's being enjoyed, Amna 😃


Sue - Feb. 25, 2022, 7:21 p.m.

Easy to make and so delicious!


Stacy - Feb. 18, 2022, 2:52 a.m.

So delicious and easy to sub with what you have on hand. Thank you - your recipes are incredible!

PUL Team - Feb. 19, 2022, 2:45 a.m.

You're too kind, Stacy, thank you!


Babs - Feb. 6, 2022, 3:06 p.m.

Absolutely delicious!


Linda - Feb. 2, 2022, 9:32 a.m.

I got up thos morning nice and early to make this granola, so it would still be some bit warm for breakfast. So easy to make. I made the coconut and almond one last week which was a huge hit for the whole family, so I really couldn't wait to try this. It is so scrumptious 💕

PUL Team - Feb. 3, 2022, 1:48 a.m.

Ooo love toasty granola in the mornings, Linda, that sounds incredible 😍 Thank you!


Rose - Feb. 2, 2022, 2:43 a.m.

This granola is not only simple to make, but delicious. I can never go back to store bought granola. Thank you!

PUL Team - Feb. 2, 2022, 4:17 p.m.

Thank you for the glowing review, Rose!


Presbytera Mary Zubricky - Jan. 28, 2022, 4:20 a.m.

My husband and I both love this granola. I’ve made it three or four times; and it is a stable item in our kitchen. Thank you for the recipe!

PUL Team - Jan. 28, 2022, 6:41 p.m.

Woohoo! So thrilled the granola is being enjoyed, Presbytera Mary Zubricky :)


Bronnie - Jan. 27, 2022, 11:25 p.m.

Hi from Australia Sadia!
I love this granola, it's so very tasty & easy to make!
I made a batch for my friend as a thank-you gift & she loves it too.
Thank-you!
Bronnie 🙏😊

PUL Team - Jan. 28, 2022, 6:04 p.m.

Hello Bronnie! Aw so kind of you to gift it to your friend. Sending lots of love to Australia ❣️


Ann - Jan. 25, 2022, 3:53 p.m.

I've become a convert to granola since trying this recipe. It's now a regular choice for breakfast. Love it.

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 2:34 a.m.

Oh, Ann, it means so much! Enjoy the granola ✨


Merle - Jan. 25, 2022, 6:04 a.m.

I think I've found the perfect granola recipe. I just baked this granola again today. I reduced the brown sugar a bit. It's super easy and tasted just perfect! Thank you, Sadia!

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 2:31 a.m.

So happy it's being enjoyed, Merle, thank you!


UmmIb - Jan. 25, 2022, 4:23 a.m.

Hi!

I love this recipe! Just wanted to know how many grams is a serving size of one cup please? Trying to keep a track of calories.
Thanks a ton for sharing lovely..

PUL Team - Jan. 27, 2022, 2:30 a.m.

Hey there, UmmIb, it may vary depending on the ingredients used although is between 65-100 grams. For more accurate estimates we recommend working with a healthcare professional, such as a dietitian 😊


Erin - Jan. 21, 2022, 1:14 p.m.

I'd like to try this recipe since it'l sounds delicious! I try not to eat oil so what could I substitute for the oil?

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2022, 4:42 p.m.

Hey there, Erin! Some PUL community members have reported trying apple sauce in other granola recipes, although the oil helps the granola crisp up which we're uncertain a substitute will do as effectively. One idea may be to add less oil for a less crispy product. In our healthiest ever granola (pickuplimes.com/recipe/health…), we used tahini and dates in place of oil so that may be another idea if you're interested and haven't already seen 😊


Leila - Nov. 8, 2021, 8:01 p.m.

What a yummy granola recipe. The pecans and dried fruit are sooo yummy. I always make this around the fall/winter season 😋 I normally leave the coconut out, and sometimes add in other nuts i have. Love how versatile it is!

PUL Team - Nov. 9, 2021, 2:39 a.m.

Thanks for sharing your experience with this one, Leila!


Vignesh - Oct. 26, 2021, 11:24 a.m.

Thanks, Sadia & team!

I've just made this for the girl I met. It tastes great to me, and I can't wait to hear what she thinks. :D

PUL Team - Oct. 27, 2021, 2:05 a.m.

We hope you enjoy the granola, Vignesh!


Dominika - Oct. 23, 2021, 12:39 p.m.

So yummy ♥


Florence - Aug. 18, 2021, 8:51 p.m.

This is my go to granola recipe! I followed the recipe exactly and it tastes phenomenal and not to mention super easy to make. It has just the right amount of sweetness and the tartness of the dried cranberries gives it a nice contrast. It is my absolute favorite with plant based milk, sprinkled over some yogurt and even on its own. I've gifted this granola to friends and family and they all ask for the recipe. Thanks, PUL!

PUL Team - Aug. 19, 2021, 8:14 p.m.

Oh, Florence, so wonderful to hear! Super kind of you to gift the granola too 🤗


Jana - Aug. 7, 2021, 1:48 p.m.

Amazing 😍 I used coconut oil and added almonds instead of seeds and it is still perfection. Great gift for my friends also. Thank you so much for this recipe.
Greetings from Prague :-)
Jana

PUL Team - Aug. 8, 2021, 10:02 p.m.

Greetings to Prague, Jana! Thanks for sharing your subs and review ☺️


Shelby - July 26, 2021, 11:10 p.m.

This is a tried and true granola that I ALWAYS have on hand now. It is so simple and delicious! I have tried others, but always come back to this one. The ratios are perfect and it packs the ideal sweet/salty crunch. As a bonus, the house smells amazing as it bakes!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 4:17 a.m.

So glad you're enjoying the granola, Shelby, thanks a bunch for sharing!


Laura - July 26, 2021, 1:20 p.m.

This was extremely delicious! It's the first time I've tried making my own granola, and I don't think I ever want store bought again. Very easy to make and so yummy. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

PUL Team - July 28, 2021, 3:12 a.m.

Aw how incredible, Laura, so glad you're enjoying the granola 🤗


Naz - July 24, 2021, 6:45 p.m.

Love, love, LOVE!!! I’m never buying granola again.


Courtney - July 12, 2021, 12:48 a.m.

This granola recipe is by far the best one I've ever tried! It was quick to make and made my house smell amazing.


Letty B Nunez - July 10, 2021, 11:08 p.m.

Hey Sadia
I love this granola. I didn't have dried cranberries, so I used dried cherries. Sadia I have been making alot of your recipes and I can't say enough about how good they are. Love your lists to replace ingredients. Keep the recipes coming. If you do a cookbook I would definitely buy one

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:24 a.m.

Thank you for the kind words and interest in a PUL cookbook, Letty! Our 3 year anniversary E-cookbook containing all of our recipes up until the end of December 2019 can be found here: pickuplimesblog.com/e-book 🌻


Mihaela - June 29, 2021, 6:32 a.m.

Hello, lovely people! I've started watching your YouTube posts recently. I was seduced by the mix of healthy recipes, vibrant colors (in and out of the dishes), the relaxing music, tender and calming voice and all the good energy that comes from your stories.

Granola is the first recipe I've putted into practice. It's so easy and fun to do it. It's crunchy delicious. My husband, quite a relactant person, is all in for it. He steals little bites from the jar everyday :))

Today I made vibrant blueberries smoothie and I combined it with this granola. Totally vibrant, cheerful explosion of tastes!

I'm so glad I discovered your site. I'll stick to it for other well-balanced ricipes and good mood.

PUL Team - June 30, 2021, 2:46 a.m.

Hehe hello, lovely Mihaela! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful review with us - it means so much. We're so grateful you've joined our PUL family 🥰


Erin - June 20, 2021, 10:38 p.m.

This was my first time making granola from scratch and I couldn't believe how easy it was! I am never buying pre-made granola again. This is so delicious, the brown sugar really ties it all together. I add this to yogurt or have it with milk. I cannot wait to try other combinations, but this one is an instant favorite.

PUL Team - June 21, 2021, 6:51 a.m.

Oo we're so glad your first homemade granola was a success, Erin! It's totally a game-changer. Happy baking 😃


Nikita Hotwani - June 8, 2021, 9:54 a.m.

Awesome granola ever! I have been making this since almost an year and my family and friends love it. It's so easy and nutritious. Thanks for creating it 😊

PUL Team - June 9, 2021, 5:24 a.m.

We appreciate this so much, Nikita, and so kind of you to share it with your family and friends!


granola person - May 26, 2021, 3:35 a.m.

I usually never leave reviews on granola, because honsertly usually they arent that great, and loaded with sugar and oil. I tried this today by making 5 servings (about over 2 cups) and most of it is gone. If you were a skeptic like me give this a try. My mom never really compliments my granola but she was like "this is really good". I left out the sunflower seeds, because I don't usually buy those, lowered the amount of maple syrup a little and brown sugar. The granola is pretty sweet so I might go even a little more shy next time. anyway HIGHLY RECCOMENDD

ps: I never had good homemade granola nad milk but I tried this and it was delicous

PUL Team - May 26, 2021, 5:15 a.m.

Aww thank you for such an incredible review, granola person! We're so thrilled that the granola was enjoyed by you and your mom ✨🥰


Louise Magnusson🇸🇪 - May 10, 2021, 11:05 a.m.

Lovely, lovely ☺️
Very crunchy and wholesome granola, and I love the pecans and dried fruits in this one. I had an accident with my brown sugar (it had turned into stone inside the pantry😅), so I couldn’t use it. However, I believe that I wouldn’t miss it that much, as this granola became sufficiently crunchy and sweet by the maple syrup and coconut oil. Would the brown sugar make a big difference?

PUL Team - May 11, 2021, 5:18 a.m.

A lovely question, Louise! We have definitely done the same to brown sugar before too 🙊 Brown sugar helps with the crunchiness because of the molasses and adds a touch of sweetness, but it likely wouldn't be too big of a difference :)