Maple Vanilla Almond Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Maple Vanilla Almond Granola.  All my favorite flavors in one delicious recipe! This is a very old recipe that I never share because it went into my first cookbook.  However, now that 3 years have passed, I am allowed to make it public on the blog again.  Yay!


Maple Vanilla Almond Granola



This recipe came to me after I started using this:


These are ground vanilla beans…AKA heaven in a bottle.  They make everything so yummy and are worth the cost.  To get them, click here.


Maple Vanilla Almond Granola


Can I just say that I hate cold cereal?  It is highly processed and always leaves me hungry an hour later.  Granola keeps me satisfied until lunch time so I eat it almost every day.  Here is my latest recipe that I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.  My husband said it was my best so far.


This healthy granola recipe is vegan and gluten free.  Originally, I used ground vanilla beans, but for the video, I used vanilla extract.  I was out of ground vanilla beans.  I like it better with the beans, but it’s pretty tasty with the extract as well.


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Maple Vanilla Almond Granola

Maple Vanilla Almond Granola

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 45 minutes Yields 4 cups     adjust servings




 Preheat oven to 350.  In a bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix well.

Spread mixture onto a lined baking sheet.  Bake for about 40-45 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake the granola around. 


Recipe Notes

 This should keep in an airtight container for at least a week.  You can even freeze it for longer. Enjoy!


Maple Vanilla Almond Granola

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82 thoughts to “Maple Vanilla Almond Granola (Vegan, Gluten Free)”

  1. Are there any stores where you can get ground vanilla bean? Like Penzys or a while foods store so I don't have to pay shipping and wait for it? Thanks!
    1. You can check, but I haven't found it in stores at all. I have looked at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Central Market and have not seen them. You can try getting vanilla bean and grinding, but I am not sure if it is the same thing. If it works for you, I would love to know for myself in the future.
      1. Oh hey, I tried grinding the beans myself. I'm sorry it took me so long to respond! I went on vacation and completely forgot to let you know how that turned out! I dried and ground 3 vanilla beans since it was a test. I wasn't able to get as fine of a grind as I would have liked in my coffee grinder (maybe I needed to dry them out more) so overall I was not too impressed and opted to get a jar of the ones you suggested from Hope that helps!
  2. I am looking forward to trying out this recipe! Since I'm not a huge fan of maple syrup, do you think honey would be an acceptable substitute? Thanks for your advice!
  3. Made a half batch of this last night (using organic vanilla extract instead of the ground vanilla beans). Between snacking on it last night and breakfast this morning, my kids ate it all! So, I made a full batch this afternoon! ;) Our favorite of your granola recipes, so far!
  4. Have you ever used quick oats in your granola? My son likes granola better than oatmeal so thinking about making one of your granola recipes but using quick oats instead of rolled. Thanks!
  5. OMG! Made this for the first time this morning and it's awesome! I made it to take during the week but we can't stop eating it warm out of the oven! Wonderful!
  6. Places like TJMaxx, Marshalls, Ross, etc. are really good places to find extracts, emulsions, and *ground vanilla beans*! :) I get mine there...and it's cheaper than ordering online (plus no shipping!), though it's hit and miss. They also have a gelatinous version of vanilla extract with the ground beans in. Also good. I was curious about your almond meal though...I realize yours comes from making almond milk at home, but is it purchasable? I live in Alaska and almonds are triple the expense of Almond or Soy milk, so I usually buy a carton. But I was interested in the recipe...would I be able to find it? Or would it be okay without it? Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
    1. That's a great tip! Thanks! I need to go check mine. Yes, you can purchase almond meal and also almond flour. You can make your own but grinding up slivered raw almonds too if you happen to come across some. You can omit the almond meal all together and the recipe will still taste great. I have done that myself.
      1. What is the difference between almond meal & almond flour? I noticed the meal was a lot pricier than the flour at the store
        1. Almond meal is not as fine as almond flour. You can omit the meal in this recipe if you like. I used leftover pulp from making almond meal. You can also make your own meal by grinding up almonds.
    1. I had almond meal left over from making almond milk. You can ground up slivered almonds for a similar taste or you can omit the meal all together. I have done that before and the granola is still delicious!
  7. Just discovered your website, and I've made this granola 3 times in a week. Apparently, I really like it :-) Thanks, and look forward to trying many more of your delicious looking recipes!!
    1. You are very welcome! I am happy to hear you like it. That is my favorite granola recipe! I eat it almost every day. :) My second favorite is the Pecan Pie Granola.
      1. I was eyeing the gingerbread. Even though it is spring, still sounds yummy!! Oh, and I left out the almond meal and used regular vanilla, and still delish!
    1. Thank you! I love, love, love that recipe too! It is my most favorite breakfast. Did you make it with extract or the vanilla beans?
      1. extract...still was wonderful!!! I ate it this morning for breakfast with almond milk. My next thing to try is making my own almond milk after reading your blog about the stuff in it. :/ There is so much to look for! Do you find that you spend more money making your own almond milk? For anyone that is curious about the nutritional value of this granola: Per 1/2-cup Serving: Calories: 234, Total Fat: 7.7g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 6 mg, Total Carbs: 34.4 g, FiberL 4.8 g, Sugars: 13.6 g, Protein: 6.6 g
        1. Thanks! Thanks for the nutritional info too. I think making your own almond milk is about the same price as buying it. However, I have not found a store bought almond milk without carrageenan. That is why I make it myself.
  8. The only thing that concerns me about granola is the high calorie content. How much of this do you usually have for breakfast and do you eat it with yogurt/almond milk or just straight? Thanks :)
    1. I eat it with milk. Ever since I quit sugar and processed foods, I stopped counting calories. A reader of mine figured out the nutritional facts though. Here they are: Per 1/2-cup Serving: Calories: 234, Total Fat: 7.7g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 6 mg, Total Carbs: 34.4 g, FiberL 4.8 g, Sugars: 13.6 g, Protein: 6.6 g I eat about a 1 cup serving and add fruit as well.
      1. Granola does have a high calorie count; however, if it fits into your daily caloric intake then you have nothing to worry about. I ate a 1/2 cup serving this morning with almond milk and added 1/4 cup berries to it as well. Kept me full till my morning snack and it was so yummy! :0)

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