Homemade Granola Recipe

Homemade granola is so easy to make from scratch, and the flavor is so much better than pre-made varieties. You'll be wondering why you weren't making this from scratch a lot sooner!

mason jar of homemade granola scattered on a wood table

 I don't understand people who don't snack. Snack foods are my favorite category and I don't discriminate against sweet or salty. One of my recent favorite snacks is homemade granola. This is one of those things that I think, "This is so easy! Why don't I make this more often?" Plus, it's so easy to customize the ingredients to what you have on hand, or are craving, that this has become a staple we keep on hand at all times.

Homemade granola is a great snack, or you can also eat it over milk for breakfast. I like to throw the "crumbs" into my cookie recipes for extra crunch and flavor.

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view straight into a mason jar with homemade granola

Is Homemade Granola Healthier?

The short answer is, yes! Granola you buy at the store often have added sugars, saturated fats, high sodium content, and questionable preservatives to extend the shelf life. When you make homemade granola from scratch, you control the freshness and quality of the ingredients you are using. Homemade granola tends to have more fiber, less sugar, and less sodium than the ones from the store.

You can also cater to special dietary needs, like if someone needs no/low salt, or has a particular nut allergy. The fiber and fat in granola help you feel fuller for longer, and the protein from the seeds and nuts gives a great energy boost.

How Do I Make Homemade Granola?

•Start by gathering 3 C oats, 3 T sugar or 1/4 C honey, 1/4 C melted coconut or olive oil, 1 t salt, 1/4 C dried fruit, and 1/2 C of any add-ins like seeds or nuts.

•Make sure you preheat your oven to 300º

•Mix oats, seeds or nuts, sugar, and salt in a bowl

•Mix sugar/honey and oil in a separate bowl

•Drizzle over the oat mixture and combine

•Spread evenly over a parchment-lined baking sheet or pan

•Bake for 15m, lightly stir, then bake for 15 more minutes

•Remove from oven and add dried fruit

•Let cool completely, then break into pieces

Tips

•Coconut oil has a sweeter flavor, whereas olive oil is more savory

•You can use sugar, maple syrup, or even honey for this recipe

•This homemade granola can be store in a glass container, or even frozen for longer-term storage

•Let the granola cool completely before breaking it up and storing it

Optional Add Ins

One of the best things about granola is that you can add in almost anything that suits your fancy. Here are some of my favorites:

•Nuts - pecans, walnuts, or whatever your favorite is. For larger nuts you can break them up in a food processor first

•Shredded coconut

•Any dried fruit

•Pumpkin seeds

•Chocolate chips (add after the granola has cooled)

•Sliced almonds

You can't really mess this recipe up! I hope you enjoy it!

homemade granola spilling out of a mason jar on a wood table

Homemade Granola

Ingredients  

  • 3 C Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 C Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 C Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • 3 T Brown Sugar (optional)
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1/4 C Dried Fruit
  • 1/2 C Seeds or Nuts

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 300º.
  • Mix oats, seeds, sugar, and salt in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine honey and oil.
  • Drizzle over the oat mixture and combine.
  • Spread evenly over a parchment-lined baking sheet or pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Lightly stir, then bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven and add dried fruit.
  • Let cool completely, then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container, or freeze for extended storage.

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