Loaded with seeds, this maple hemp granola is packed with plant-based protein. Great with milk, yogurt and berries, or as a snack! Because they're high in vitamins and healthy fat, we love adding hemp hearts to homemade granola. They're slightly chewy, with a mild nutty taste, and chock-full of protein.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Hemp: if you can't find hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax seeds, or a mix of the two can be substituted.
- Cinnamon: pumpkin spice or homemade chai spice are nice cool weather alternatives to cinnamon.
- Olive oil: use any neutral-tasting oil you like in place of olive oil. Grape seed and coconut oil work well.
- Maple syrup: honey is a good substitute for maple syrup.
- Cranberries: switch the cranberries to any other dried fruit you like. Dried mango, raisins, currants, or blueberries are great.
Step 1: Combine the rolled oats, hemp hearts, seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt together in a large bowl.
Step 2: Add the olive oil and maple syrup to the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine.
Step 3: Spread the maple hemp granola mixture on the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes.
Step 4: Cool the granola in the baking sheet on a wire rack, then stir in the dried cranberries. Transfer to a container once fully cooled.
- Add the cranberries after baking to avoid any burnt fruit. This goes for any dried fruit if you make substitutions.
- Don't worry about over-mixing, since this is gluten-free. Really get in there and mix well.
- Don't forget to stir a few times during baking to ensure even browning.
If gluten is a concern, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats.
For an extra flavour boost, add ½ cup of shredded unsweetened coconut before baking, or ½ cup of toasted coconut chips after the hemp granola has cooled.
How to Store
Storage: store cooled maple granola in an airtight container for several weeks at room temperature.
Freezing: transfer the granola to an airtight container and freeze for up to six months.
Can granola be frozen?
Yes! Granola freezes well in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
What's the difference between hemp hearts and hemp seeds?
Hemp hearts are hulled, so they don't have the outer layer of the seed, and they're very soft. Hemp seeds are crunchy because they still have that outer layer.
What does hemp granola taste like?
Hemp hearts are mild and a bit nutty. The flavour here is mostly of maple and cinnamon with a bit of nuttiness from the various seeds.
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Maple Hemp Granola
- Measuring cups and spoons or a digital kitchen scale
- baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Wire rack
- 3 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup hemp hearts
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 300°F (150ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the oats, hemp hearts, seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt together in a bowl.
- Add the olive oil and maple syrup to the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine.
- Spread the mixture on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the granola in the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven, cool on a wire rack, then stir in the dried cranberries. Store cooled granola in an airtight container for several weeks.