A perfectly salted cinnamon nut granola which has a burst of flavor from chunks of coarse sea salt, loads of nuts, tons of cinnamon, and of course, oats. You’re gonna love it!
I have a few granola recipes on this site but this salted cinnamon nut granola is filled with so much flavor, you won’t be able to stop eating it. You get the crunch from the oats and nuts, the spice from the cinnamon, and the delicious sweetness from the pure maple syrup. But what puts this over the top is the coarse sea salt which delivers a dramatic contrast from the sweetness of the granola every bite. It's not too salty, it's just right.
I can’t take credit for this recipe as it was created by my daughter, Elena. I love that my kids get creative in the kitchen. They’ve been cooking as long as they’ve been walking, which is how it should be. She created this incredible granola and the surprise ingredient was coarse sea salt. I use 365 by Whole Foods Coarse Sea Salt and also Alessi Course Sea Salt and found them perfect for this recipe. They're not expensive either.
I watched her make this and saw that she used a coarse sea salt. I wondered why she didn't just use kosher salt. She said she was experimenting. I thought the salt would be overwhelming, but to my surprise, it gave each bite a burst of saltiness that contradicted beautifully with the sweetness from the maple syrup. It was downright addictive.
What to know before adding the sea salt:
- One teaspoon is used for this recipe and again, I used 365 by Whole Foods Coarse Sea Salt or Alessi Course Sea Salt and found these to be perfect for the recipe.
- I recommend you start with one teaspoon and then go to taste. I like to use a little more because for me it gives a nice contrast to the sweetness of the granola.
- Remember, you can always add more, but you can't take it away once added.
A good amount of cinnamon is added which gives it a sweet spiciness. It’s pretty amazing. Not only that, but then she added every nut I had in the pantry that day - walnuts, almonds, and pecans.
When it’s baking, the house smells amazing. No need for candles or air fresheners if you’re making salted cinnamon nut granola. This is perfect for snacking AND making your house smell delicious! If you’re thinking of selling, this should raise your price.
Warning, this cinnamon nut granola doesn’t last long. You’ll find yourself eating it by the handfuls. Share if you like, or don’t.
Perfectly Salted Cinnamon Nut Granola is good:
as a cereal
mixed with yogurt
as a topping for ice cream
mixed in to whatever you like
as an add-in to another recipe
as a topping for muffins
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Salted Cinnamon Nut GranolaPRINT PIN SAVESaved!
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds chopped or sliced
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or to taste
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 325°.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a measuring cup, mix the oil and maple syrup, then pour over the oats. Mix thoroughly then transfer onto the lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 minutes and give it a stir then bake for an additional 15 minutes or until slightly golden brown. If you like extra crispy, you can cook for another 5 minutes. Just check because the time can vary depending on your oven and it can start to brown quickly.
- Remove from the oven and let cool. It gets crunchy as it cools.
- Once cooled, use your hands to break it up. Store in an airtight container and enjoy.