This oil-free maple pecan granola is only 5 ingredients, but it’s sweet, crunchy, and delicious! This is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack when you’re short on time!

granola in a bowl

This granola shocked me. Was it really possible to make granola without any oil? I was skeptical. But my friend Gabriel, a fellow blogger here in Richmond, taught me otherwise. Gabriel’s new cookbook The Plant-Based Diet for Beginners is coming out in December and I got a sneak peek of the book. He let me share this recipe with you all and I’m thrilled for you to try it!

How to Make Oil Free Granola

This recipe is super simple! Just mix everything together, so the oats and nuts are evenly coated with the maple syrup and vanilla.

granola ingredients

Spread it into an even layer on a baking sheet and bake until browned.granola on a pan

It might be a little bit soft when you first take it out of the oven, but it will firm up once it cools! Keep this stored in an airtight container so it stays nice and crispy.

Substitution Ideas

  • For a twist on this recipe, try using walnuts instead of pecans.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup, try this with agave, instead.
  • Try apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon for a twist on the flavor!

If you’re not already following Gabriel, check out his blog, Plant-Based Gabriel, and don’t forget to order his new cookbook, The Plant-Based for Beginners! He’s sharing tons of whole food, plant-based diet-friendly recipes. Whether you just want to add a few more vegan recipes to your routine or you want to transition to a fully plant-based diet, this book is for you!

maple pecan granola

Is this oil free granola healthy?

Yes! It is a little higher in fat, thanks to the nuts, but that’s the good kind of fat! And while it’s not a low-calorie food, the calories you’re consuming are nutrient-dense. This oil-free granola recipe is a great example of the easy, healthy recipes you can expect in his book! I love that he shares really simple recipes that you can make with the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

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maple pecan granola

Oil Free Maple Pecan Granola

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  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Granola


This oil-free maple pecan granola is only 5 ingredients, but it’s sweet, crunchy, and delicious! This is the perfect healthy breakfast or snack when you’re short on time!


  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oeven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, pecan pieces, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir until the oats and pecan pieces are completely coated.
  3. Spread the mixture on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring once after 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on the countertop for 30 minutes before serving. The granola may still be a bit soft right after you remove it from the oven, but it will gradually firm up as it cools.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g

How to enjoy this maple pecan granola

I’ve been snacking on it by the handful but you could also eat it with almond milk like cereal. It would also be a great topping on this easy granola bark. Make sure you keep it in an airtight container so it stays nice and crunchy.

maple pecan granola

plant based diet book

Give this granola a try and make sure you pre-order Gabriel’s book, The Plant-Based Diet for Beginners! It’s packed with 75 plant-based recipes plus tons of tips and tricks to help you make lifestyle changes along the way!

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