The Boastful Baker

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I’m not a hippie. Even if I did make homemade granola.


362.365 : Chock full of Omega-3s!

Everywhere I turn, there’s an article in a magazine or a news report telling us to eat more Omega-3 fatty acids. My two-person household has been doing our part for a while with foods like wild salmon and walnuts. But every report touts the extra super goodness of flax seeds and I hadn’t really gotten around to eating them yet. Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon a picture of this granola on Slashfood’s Feast Your Eyes page the other day and I’ve now jumped on the flax seed bandwagon.

Admittedly, it was the maple syrup that sold me on it. I’m a sucker for recipes containing maple syrup and I just so happen to have nearly a gallon of delicious grade B syrup taking up a lot of valuable refrigerator real estate…so maple granola seemed like a good idea.

The original recipe didn’t contain the walnuts or dried cranberries that I added to mine but that recipe did mention that other seeds, dried fruit and nuts were all very acceptable add-ins. I also added a bit more salt than the original recipe used as I really love to eat things that have a mixture of salty and sweet. If you’re not such a fan of salty and sweet together, reduce the salt to just 1/4 teaspoon. If you don’t like walnuts or dried cranberries, leave them out or add something else in their place.

Maple Granola

Maple Granola

Slightly adapted from recipe at Sweet Beet and Green Bean


  • 2 2/3  cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup (I used grade B)


  1. Preheat oven to lowest setting (200 degrees Fahrenheit for my oven). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In food processor or blender, process 1/3 cup oats and 1/3 cup flax seed until the mixture is a fine powder.
  3. In large bowl, stir together oats and flax seed powder, remaining 2 1/3 cups rolled oats, remaining 1/3 cup flax seeds, dried cranberries, walnuts and salt.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over mixture and stir together until olive oil is evenly distributed.
  5. Add maple syrup to mixture and stir again until maple syrup is evenly distributed.
  6. Evenly spread granola on prepared baking sheet and bake for about an hour. If the granola doesn’t seem quite crunchy enough at this point, bake it a little more.
  7. Let cool to room temperature on baking sheet. At this stage, you can break it into large or small pieces (your preference). Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Maple Granola


  1. Yay! So happy to have you posting a recipe and comments again. I really enjoy reading your culinary thoughts, seeing the pictures. Do you have a recommendation for someone without a food processor or blender? Can I skip that step and opt for chunkier granola?

    • Krista,

      I’m really going to make an effort to update the blog more…even if it’s for no reason other than remembering how I cooked something for the next time I want to make it.

      To make the granola chunkier, you want the powder as it makes the mix stick together. I’m nearly positive that you can buy ground flax seed and I wouldn’t be surprised if you could find ground oats somewhere too. But if not, just the ground flax seed would help.

  2. This granola looks amazing. Pass the yogurt please….hehe

  3. Just saw this on Food Gawker actually and immediately popped it in the oven — with a few adjustments. I love walnuts but that’s why I’m out of them! So replaced them with sliced almonds and added raisins in addition to Craisins. Also didn’t have flax seeds, so just added more oats.

    Can’t wait until this comes out in an hour! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Beth,

    Wow, I’m impressed that you’ve made the granola already.

    Be careful…it’s apparently dangerously good. I made it yesterday afternoon and it’s about 2/3 gone already!

  5. I am always on the look out for a new granola recipe. I usually make mine with honey, but I am going to have to try it with maple syrup!


  6. Hi, I have just recently started making my own granola at home! I’m going to give this a try today, but I think i’ll add a little natural peanut butter to it as well! Thanks for sharing

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