Maple French Toast Granola

straight on shot of granola in mason jar with spoon sticking out of it

This Maple French Toast Granola is loaded with flavors you find in your favorite French toast breakfast! Made with only a few ingredients like rolled oats, butter, cinnamon and of course – pure maple syrup! Best on yogurt, with milk or just eaten as a snack!

This recipe was originally published in September 2018 – I’ve since updated the photos and slightly tweaked the recipe. Enjoy! 

Oh granola – how I love thee! It’s crunchy, slightly sweetened and the best snack to eat in so many ways! 

I remember growing up seeing granola in the grocery store and always feeling like it was way too expensive to buy – little did I know that you can make your own at home with way more wholesome ingredients for CHEAPER. Love it! 

serving spoon on pan with granola on top of spoon and granola surrounding it

And since it’s full on September now, I’m not holding back when it comes to sharing Fall inspired recipes! This Maple French Toast Granola screams Fall! It’s so super cozy – made with all of the ingredients/flavors that you love during the Autumn season. 

Why You’re Gonna Love This Granola

This granola is literally the crunchiest, most flavorful and delicious treat! It has the best French Toast flavors. It’s loaded with pure maple syrup, made with butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract! Basically, it’s all of the cozy flavors of Fall on one sheet pan of granola. Truly wonderful.

close up shot of granola in mason jar.

For this recipe, you must use butter instead of coconut oil or ghee – because who doesn’t put some type of butter on their french toast?! The butter adds a delicious saltiness to the granola that stands up to the slight sweetness of the natural maple syrup. Also, just real talk for a moment: Why does anyone use unsalted butter for any reason ever?! Salted butter is LIFE.

The real maple syrup is also essential in this granola. You really need it for those french toast vibes.

If you’re feeling extra maple-y, you should try and add some maple extract in place of the vanilla! Maple extract is a recent ingredient that I’ve made a staple in my baking cabinet and I will never go back. It tastes like straight up waffles and syrup, y’all. Highly recommended. 

This recipe produces HUGE chunks of granola which I personally love. I also love the addition of the crunchy walnuts in this recipe – while they aren’t necessary, they add a perfect crunch.

overhead shot of spoon with chunks of granola in mason jar

Let’s get into what you need to make this super easy Fall breakfast!

Ingredients You’ll Need for Maple French Toast Granola:

  • Rolled oats
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract (or maple extract!) 
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Walnuts 

Best Tips for Making Granola:

Y’all – this is the most simple recipe! One bowl baking goodness that you could probably do with your eyes closed. 

First, of course you must preheat your oven! This is essential because you need the oven to be hot in order to properly cook the granola in the time that is allotted. 

Combine your oats, maple syrup, melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a large bowl. You can also add chopped walnuts for an extra crunch. Make sure it’s ALL mixed together and coated equally. Seriously! 

granola ingredients in glass bowl with wooden spoon

Spread it out on a baking sheet. Let it bake for about 20 minutes or so. Don’t shake it around – this will break up the chunks. 

Once 20 minutes is up, I turn up the heat for an additional 5 minutes just to get some extra color and crunch. If you still desire more color after it’s done baking, you can definitely place the oven on broil for 1-2 minutes, just make sure you watch it like a hawk. If you know what it’s like to have something burned in the oven due to broil, you know what I mean lol. 

granola in mason jar with spoon in the jar with a light brown linen on the side

Remove once it’s finished cooking, and once again, let it SIT on the baking sheet. Don’t touch it or move it around. I know it’s tempting but I also know we can stay strong! 

When it’s cooled off enough, you will see that it’s super chunky and delicious. Now you can let your hands go wild and eat it up! Right off the sheet tray if you’d like! 

My Favorite Ways to Eat/Top Granola

I love eating it with yogurt! My favorite is just a plain greek yogurt but if you wanted to go all out, I love the Chobani Vanilla Cinnamon flavor! Top with sliced strawberries or even maybe make some caramelized bananas to take it over the top. 

side view of pink bowl of granola with milk and spoon

Another way I love to eat this granola is just with milk! I love using either whole milk or vanilla oat milk. The milk is a rich and creamy add and I love the way the granola flavors the milk – it’s like an adult bowl of cereal! 

Lastly, I absolutely love eating this granola just by the handful. It’s a great snack to give yourself a little pep in your step and boost of energy as you go throughout your day. 

two hands holding pink bowl of granola with milk with spoon inside the bowl

Hope you guys enjoy this extra easy, extra delicious Maple French Toast Granola. I love the extra maple flavor and the butter, the cinnamon and the vanilla extract truly give it such a cozy taste. The french toast flavors will make you feel like you’re at an awesome brunch on the weekend. Minus the mimosas. Enjoy this one, y’all!

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are some more granola recipes you might like: 

Chocolate Coffee Granola 

White Chocolate Blueberry Granola 

Chunky Coconut Granola 

Holiday Spice Granola 

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Maple French Toast Granola

This Maple French Toast Granola is loaded with flavors you find in your favorite French toast breakfast! Made with only a few ingredients like rolled oats, butter, cinnamon and of course - pure maple syrup! Best on yogurt, with milk or just eaten as a snack!

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword maple french toast granola, maple granola
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (sub maple for extra maple flavor!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick melted salted butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional for extra sweetness)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional, for crunch)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Combine the oats, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon in a bowl. Add in your melted butter and combine until it is all coated evenly. Spread it evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Crank up the heat to 325 degrees. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until toasted golden. If desired, you can put it on broil for 1-2 minutes (WATCH CLOSELY!) for extra golden color!

  2. Let it cool on the baking sheet and then break into chunks. Store in a glass jar or glass tupperware. Enjoy with yogurt, oatmeal, milk or just as a snack! 

Recipe Notes

I tested this recipe with both quick oats and old fashioned rolled oats. I preferred the thickness of the old fashioned oats - but both technically worked!

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