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Chocolate Chip Maple Pecan Granola

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This chocolate chip maple pecan granola comes together quickly and is delicious as a snack or use it to top a yogurt parfait. Why buy store-bought when it’s so easy to make your own?

Chocolate chip maple pecan granola is delicious for snacking, with milk or to top a parfait.

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My youngest son and I love granola and we love dreaming up different flavors. He and I tossed around ideas. We’ve tried a lot of store-bought and homemade granolas. We both like sweet in our granola, hence the chocolate chips, brown sugar, and maple syrup.

Chocolate chip maple pecan granola is delicious for snacking, with milk or to top a parfait.

Granola is one of those products I’ll never understand why people buy it. It’s super easy to make, doesn’t take a whole lot of time and you can personalize it to your favorite flavors. My son wasn’t keen on adding the pecans but once he tasted it, he agreed it was a delicious addition. Another favorite granola is the almond pecan granola.

Vanilla Bean Paste

If you’ve never used vanilla bean paste, you’re missing out. While you use it at a 1:1 ratio, it is interchangeable with pure vanilla extract. Vanilla bean paste, like the Taylor and Colledge, is a paste that includes the scraped out seeds from a vanilla bean pod. It’s kind of a think mash-up of extract and vanilla beans.

This recipe also used Flahavan’s Irish Oats and Dixie Crystals which give consistent results. That’s why I like to use them. Make this granola to top yogurt parfaits, to mix with milk for cereal, or as a delicious snack. If you know kids who are “starving” when school gets out, make up some cute bags with this chocolate chip maple pecan granola. It’s perfect for the ride home, between when school ends and sports practice begins or to pack in a lunch box. Certainly, if there are allergies, you can omit the nuts.

Use cute treat bags from Sweets & Treats to package the granola for after school snacks.

These red chevron bags from Sweets & Treats are a cute way to wrap up the granola. Many colors are available so you could even use your school colors. I choose red because it’s my son’s favorite color. Plus, who doesn’t love to get a delicious snack presented in a fun package? It’s like opening a present and after a long day, who doesn’t love surprises?

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Chocolate chip maple pecan granola is delicious for snacking, with milk or to top a parfait.

Chocolate Chip Maple Pecan Granola

Yield: About 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Chocolate chip maple pecan granola is delicious for snacking, with milk or to top a parfait.

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup Dixie Crystals light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Taylor & Colledge vanilla bean paste
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 4 ½ cups Flahavan's Irish Rolled-Oats
  • 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup large pecan pieces

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 18.5" x 14.5" rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large bowl whisk together the brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste, canola oil and salt.

3. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, gently stir in oats, chocolate chips and pecans, making sure everything is coated.

4. Pour the oat mixture onto the baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Gently press the mixture so it stays together.

5. Bake 20 - 25 minutes until top begins to brown and mixture is fragrant. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to cool completely before breaking it up. Store in a covered container for up to one week. Package into goodie bags just before giving.

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