protein packed apricot maple pecan granola with coconut gluten free vegan

Apricot Maple Pecan Granola

This apricot maple pecan granola with toasted coconut is a fall favorite in our house.  It has a crunchy and chewy texture that is bursting with nutty and sweet flavors.  And a 1/2 cup serving contains the same amount of protein as an egg while being very low in added sugar.  No wonder this apricot maple pecan granola is a staple in our house!

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Homemade granola is very adaptable

As long as you keep the ratios consistent, you can swap in and out pretty much any ingredient in homemade granola.  What if you don’t have sunflower seeds?  Simply add another favorite seed or nut, like pumpkin seeds or double the pecans.  Check out this post on healthier homemade granola for other flavor combination suggestions!

healthier pecan coconut granola with dried apricots gluten free vegan

Apricot Maple Pecan Granola with Toasted Coconut Recipe

As with my other granola recipes, this apricot maple pecan granola is very adaptable.  If you don’t like coconut, simply replace it with more oats.  Don’t want to use coconut oil?  Replace it with avocado oil or another neutral tasting oil.  And if you prefer a sweeter granola, feel free to add a little more dried fruit.

protein packed apricot maple pecan granola with coconut gluten free vegan
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Apricot Pecan Granola {Gluten Free}

Ingredients

  • cups old fashioned oats
  • 3 cups pecans chopped (raw, unsalted)
  • 3 cups sunflower seeds raw, unsalted
  • 2 cups unsweetened dried coconut I prefer the large flake
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or any neutral flavored oil
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups dried apricots cut into bite-size pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F
  2. Combine all dry ingredients except dried apricots in a large bowl
  3. Combine oil, tahini, and maple syrup in a glass measuring cup and mix until combined
  4. Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix until evenly coated
  5. Transfer to a large roasting pan
  6. Bake, stirring every 20 minutes until lightly toasted ~ 1 or 1.5 hrs
  7. Add dried apricots and cool to room temperature
  8. Store in air-tight container

I prefer to eat granola with some greek yogurt and fruit.  To me, it is the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy, and sweet.  And this granola is especially delicious with frozen cherries…

apricot maple pecan granola with frozen cherries and greek yogurt

A note about gluten free oats

Oats are naturally gluten free.  However, some oats are processed on the same equipment as wheat and other gluten-containing foods, so it is possible that they can be contaminated with gluten.  Some manufacturers dedicate a specific line to producing oats that are free from any possible gluten contaminants and label their oats as gluten free.

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Nutrition information (per ½ cup serving, for recipe as written):

  • 289 calories
  • 2 g added sugar
  • 4 g fiber
  • 6 g protein
  • 3 mg sodium

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