Sweet, salty and nutty, this maple bacon pecan granola works as a snack on its own or as the ideal topping for your favorite breakfasts, savory meals and even dessert!
Paleo granola may sound impossible—granola is usually based on oats and other grains—but this unique pecan granola tastes better than anything you’ll find on the cereal aisle, thanks to its sweet and salty maple bacon flavor.
We start with chopped pecans in lieu of oats; they’re sturdy, a little chewy and flavorful in their own right. We’d argue they’re even better than oats in that way. Next comes our sweet and spicy coating of coconut cream, maple syrup, an egg for binding, and cinnamon. Once baked in the oven, we’re left with a delightfully sweet pecan granola that can be used on its own, but why stop there?
Things are always better when there’s bacon—so of course, we add crispy and salty bacon bits (aka “bacon sprinkles”) to our granola. This makes for a sweet and salty combination just waiting to be paired with all the foods.
So how do you use this pecan granola in your kitchen? It’s delicious on its own or mixed with other nuts and dried fruits for a quick trail mix ideal for your next hike. It also tastes great on your favorite dairy-free yogurt for a complete breakfast that’s bound to perk up your morning. It can accompany savory dishes like roasted Brussels sprouts as a topping. It’s even wonderful as a dessert topping; crumble it over baked apples and pears, or serve it atop coconut milk ice cream like we did.
Paleo Maple Pecan Granola with Bacon Sprinkles
- 2 medium bowls
- Baking sheet
- 8 oz chopped pecans
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut cream
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 pinch of salt
- 3 pieces of bacon
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, maple syrup, coconut cream, cinnamon and salt until smooth. Toss pecans in the mixture.
- Pour the pecan mixture onto a well-greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until crispy.
- While the pecans bake, cook your bacon in a skillet until it’s crispy and easily crumbles.
- Once out of the oven, break up the pecan mixture into small pieces. In a bowl, combine the pecan mixture with crumbled bacon. Store in a jar for up to 3 days.
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