Maple Brown Sugar Granola

Maple Brown Sugar Granola

Why do the words maple brown sugar bring the most cozy images to mind? Perhaps you picture a warm, bright kitchen with red and white gingham curtains and a lazy, lounging calico cat on the windowsill. Or maybe a well-worn wooden table with cool, ceramic bowls filled to the brim with fresh fruit and maple granola?

If you’re on the same page, you’re going to love our classic take on this sweet and crunchy cereal. Who doesn’t love the crumbly, chewy texture of a golden-baked granola? We think you’ll love this simple sheet pan bake because it’s effortless, versatile, and has a truly excellent flavor.

Grab your favorite wooden spoon, a big bowl, and all of your ingredients. Let’s get this granola party started!

Is Maple Syrup Healthy?

There are positive and negative aspects to this type of natural sweetener. On the positive side, maple syrup is high in antioxidants and also offers many nutrients such as riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Can you believe it has fewer calories per tablespoon than honey, as well?

We chose maple syrup for this recipe because it’s a wonderful substitute (both in sweetness and texture) for honey, which is not vegan. Maple syrup comes from sugar maple trees and, although it is a processed food, it is purely plant-based and does not exploit any living creatures.

On the negative side, it is almost identical to table sugar for the amount of sucrose that it contains and should not be consumed in large quantities. Although you can’t truly call maple syrup a “healthy” food, it does have a slower rate of raising the blood sugar and a number of important minerals to boot. Keep in mind that this recipe only calls for a small amount compared to the large quantity of maple granola that it makes in the end.

How To Serve Up Your Maple Granola

Inspired by the Homemade Granola recipe in The Friendly Vegan Cookbook by Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto, this adaptation was created to give you simple foundation to fill up with your own delightful and delicious ingredients. Allow your creativity to run free!

  • The Neverending Nuts-tory – Do you have to limit the amount of nuts in this granola? No way! Add as many as you wish. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to pour in more maple syrup to keep your mixture moist. Cashews, peanuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, etc. are all equally welcome.
  • Don’t Forget the Fruit – Dried fruit is the berry best! Although raisins are the reasonable choice, don’t be held back by our recipe recommendation. Let your brain bust out with outrageous options like apricots, figs, dates, strawberries, mango, pineapple, guava, or even prunes to help you poop!
  • I Feel The Need, the Need For Seeds – Flaxseeds and chia seeds are incredible for omega-3s, but you can also incorporate other healthy seeds into your granola to make it more gratifying. How about a heap of hearty hemp seeds, a spoonful of sesame seeds, or a portion of pumpkin seeds?
  • Amp Up the AntioxidantsGoji berries gives you an extra boost of vitamins A and C and you don’t have to stop there. You can step it up with other star superfoods such as freeze-dried wild blueberries and chunks of deeply dark chocolate. You might even want to add a modest sprinkle of matcha green tea for extra vitamins, minerals, and protein.

Baking tray with vegan homeamde granola with a large wooden spoon on a white surface

Fantastic for Food Prep

This is an example of an easy recipe that works really well for making ahead of time. It can also be a fun activity to do with your kids or even a friend. Let everyone choose one item that they want to go into the granola (besides the oats, oil, and sweeteners). There are so many options to choose from – you’re bound to create a yummy and unique version of your own!

Have a few sealable containers on hand (or just some mason jars with lids) and, when the granola is completely cool, start scooping it in! You’ll be so happy to have a quick, grab-and-go snack or breakfast topping on days when you’re rushing around like a maniac. Already made maple granola is great because it only takes a little over an hour to bake and will stay fresh for at least a week or more.

Wooden board with small bowls and ceramic spoons with each ingredient for the maple brown sugar granola

Simple Storage

Any leftover maple granola can be stored in a covered container in the pantry until you’ve gotten another craving for it. You can also freeze any amounts that you don’t think you’ll use up within a week or two. Just make sure that the sealed container (or bag) has as little air in it as possible. It will keep up to 3 months frozen and you can leave it on the counter overnight to thaw.

Equipment You’ll Need

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Mason jar filled with homemade granola spilled on white surface

Maple Brown Sugar Granola

  • Author: Michelle Cehn
  • Prep Time: 18 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This delicious vegan granola recipe is made without honey, but we promise you won’t miss it! It’s sweetened and flavored with maple syrup and brown sugar, and is delightfully crunchy with chewy raising and absolutely delicious roasted pecans. It’s a very easy sheet pan recipe that will feed you for days—or even weeks!


  • 3½ cups of rolled oats
  • ½ cup of chopped pecans (finely chopped, it’s okay if bigger chunks remain)
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional) 
  • ¼ cup of packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil (neutral flavored oil—I use canola)
  • ¼ cup of maple syrup 
  • ½ cup of raisins 
  • ¼ cup of goji berries or mulberries or more raisins


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, pecan pieces, ground flaxseed meal, chia seeds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until well-combined.
  3. Drizzle on the vegetable oil and maple syrup and mix again very thoroughly until the oats are evenly coated.
  4. Line a full-sized baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper and spread the oat mixture evenly on top. Pat it down with a spatula or spoon to create an even layer.
  5. Bake for 22 minutes, remove from the oven, sprinkle with raisins and goji berries evenly over the top (without stirring) and allow to cool for 1 hour. Note: the granola may still seem a little soft when you pull it out of the oven but it should harden and become crunchy as it cools.
  6. Store granola in a sealed container (or two) and store in your pantry until you’re ready to eat it.

Keywords: vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, breakfast, easy, meal prep, plant-based, granola, maple

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Maple Brown Sugar Granola Recipe by Michelle Cehn and vegan food photography by J.J Steele, copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article written by Gina House and edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which helps support our work at World of Vegan.

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  1. 10/10, this granola is AWESOME! So simple, comes out perfect every time. Easy to swap in whatever dried fruits and nuts you have on hand!

  2. Amanda · Edit

    Love this granola!! There are so many amazing ways to combine the ingredients and it stores so well!

  3. Andrea White · Edit

    Big fan of brown sugar anything! This maple syrup granola is PERFECT.

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core · Edit

    I adore making granola at home! The house smells incredible and you can choose each ingredient to your liking! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  5. My absolute favorite granola of all time! The texture is amazing and the flavor is so comforting. I could eat this with every single meal…sooo good.

  6. Janaye · Edit

    Granola is a staple and super easy to make.

  7. This is now my go-to vegan granola recipe, SO easy to make and the whole family loves it!


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