Stovetop granola is one of those things I discovered accidentally while toasting oats with honey on a food-styling assistant job, and I haven't stopped making it since. I've played with the basic recipe to make it a bit more granola-y — adding oil, chopped nuts and seeds, and splash of vanilla. It only takes about 10 minutes to make and is infinitely customizable!
While I usually opt for butter and honey as the fat and syrup of choice in my granola, I swapped in coconut oil and maple syrup to make it vegan. Since they both have a lower viscosity, I found that the coconut oil and maple syrup actually coated the oats with more ease, making it even quicker.
When I make granola, I usually just add in almonds because they're cheap and I like their crunch when toasted. However, I found a bag of macadamias in the freezer, so I chopped them up and threw them in. They have such a lovely, creamy flavor and soft texture, but I have to say I was extra satisfied by the alliteration of "Maple Macadamia" for the title!
If you're really not a fan of macadamias, you can bump up the amount of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds in the recipe, or replace them with any other kind of nut. Stirring in a handful of dried fruit (or even chocolate chips) once the granola has cooled is also not a bad idea at all.
Stovetop Maple Macadamia Granola
Makes about 3 cups of granola
old-fashioned rolled oats (see Recipe Notes)
Pinch of salt
Heaped 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
coconut oil or vegetable oil
Combine the oats, seeds, salt, and macadamia nuts in a large skillet. Stir over medium-low heat until the oats are fragrant and have turned slightly darker, and the pumpkin seeds are starting to pop. Remove from heat.
Make a hole in the center of the mixture. Drop the coconut oil into the hole and let it melt. Pour the maple syrup over the oil, then gradually stir the oat mixture into the syrupy oil until everything is coated and well mixed.
Return the skillet to the heat for a minute, stirring, then take off the heat and set aside to cool in the skillet. Once cooled to room temperature, transfer the granola to a jar and screw on the lid.
I like to use a mixture of rolled and quick-cook oats.
If you're not vegan, you can use butter instead of coconut oil or vegetable oil.
You can also use honey (if not vegan), agave syrup, date syrup, or golden syrup in place of the maple syrup.
Swap in any nuts and seeds you'd like — I aim for about 1 cup of a mixture of nuts and seeds, but you can increase or decrease the amount as you wish.