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Homemade Pecan Granola

By Susan Kitchen

Looking for a healthy topping to put on your Greek yogurt, oatmeal or as an addition to your homemade trail mix or yummy post-workout recovery snack? Here is a delicious, healthy and homemade granola recipe from the Race Smart Kitchen that you will come to covet and find you just can’t live without.

granola and yogurt

Pecan Granola
Makes 1 quart

2 cups old-fashioned or steel cut oats
1/2 cup wheat germ (optional)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (can reduce to 1 tablespoon)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup halved or chopped pecans
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup 100% pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons flavorless oil
1 tablespoon water 

Adjust oven rack to middle position, and heat oven to 275 degrees. Coat cookie sheet with cooking spray, then set aside. Mix oats, wheat germ, brown sugar and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix syrup, oil and water, then heat in microwave for about 30 seconds to warm up. Drizzle over oat mixture, and stir thoroughly so all ingredients are moist. Spread evenly onto baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool before removing from pan. Granola can be stored in airtight container for up to two weeks.

Bon Appetite!

Susan Kitchen, MPH, RD, CSSD, is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach and owner of Race Smart, LLC, a nutrition and coaching practice. Personally, she competes in endurance sports from the marathon to full Ironman. To contact Susan, email or visit and on Facebook at Race Smart.    

To get a customized metabolic efficient nutrition plan, contact Susan Kitchen, MPH, RD, CSSD at

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and not necessarily the practices of USA Triathlon. Before starting any new diet or exercise program, you should check with your physician and/or coach.