Overhead image of Sweet and Salty Brown Rice Granola on a white plate.

Sweet and Salty Brown Rice Granola

Granola is the best breakfast accessory and portable snack. This granola version incorporates brown rice in an unexpected way, extending its versatility as the perfect crunchy topper for a yogurt bowl or salad; a delicious all-day snack; or as a great addition to a cheese board. Bake once; use multiple ways.

  • Serving Size
    ½ cup yogurt; ¼ cup granola; 2 tablespoons apricot


  • ¼ cup flax meal
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups cooked long grain brown rice
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds

Stewed Apricots

  • 2 cups dried apricots
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon



  • In a large bowl, whisk together flax, maple, sugar, oil, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Pulse rice in a food processor until crumbly but not pasty. Stir rice, sunflower and pumpkin seeds into flax mix. Scrape mixture onto two parchment lined baking sheets; spread into 1/8-inch layer with a small rubber spatula.
  • Bake at 300°F for 40 minutes, with caution breaking off any hot granola pieces that are golden brown and set aside to cool. Place baking sheets back into oven and bake further 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Granola will crisp as it cools. Let cool completely. Store in an  airtight container for up to 4 days.

Stewed Apricots: 

  • Simmer apricots, water, maple syrup and cinnamon in a small saucepan for 45 minutes to 1 hour; let cool. Cover and keep refrigerated until ready to use.
  • Serve granola over yogurt and stewed fruit.

Makes 3 cups (750 mL) granola and 2 cups (500 mL) stewed apricots

Recipe Notes

If granola becomes soft place back into oven to toast until crisp again.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 310
  • Total Fat 8g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Cholesterol 8mg
  • Sodium 190mg
  • Carbohydrates 50g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sugar 37g
  • Protein 11g