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Homemade Granola is one of the easiest things to make at home! Throw all your fixings in a bowl, add the sweetener of choice with some butter, and bake it low and slow. It makes the best topping for yogurt, a healthy snack and is delicious eaten like cereal!
I make this granola about every two weeks. That is how much we love it! I really love making homemade granola rather than buying it. Let me tell you why...
- Homemade tastes much better.
- It is soooo much cheaper to make it at home than buying from the store.
- I can control the amount of sweetener is added. Some store bought granolas aren't bad, but a lot of them are loaded with sugar. If I want that much sugar, I'll eat a plate of cookies. I want to taste all the goodness of the oats, nuts and seeds in the granola, not mask it all with sugar.
- I get to decide what to put in it! If I want walnuts, I'll use them. If I want pistachios, I'll use them. Perhaps I'm out of my favorites, so I use what I have on hand and then I'll cry a tiny bit... Just kidding! Sometimes the best granola is the hodge podge of nuts and seeds! You can completely make this granola your own with all your favorite things!
This post was originally posted on 06/26/2019 and updated on 01/11/2021.
Ingredients for Homemade Granola
- Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
- Nuts of choice: almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- Salted Butter
- Pure Vanilla Extract
- Use gluten free oats if you need to avoid gluten.
- Mix up the nuts or only use your favorite. My favorite combination is sliced almonds, walnuts, and pistachios.
- Spice it Up! If you really love spices, add some nutmeg, all spice or pumpkin pie spice to really jazz it up.
- Don't like coconut? Omit the coconut and add ½ cup more of oats, nuts, seeds or dried fruit.
- Use coconut oil to keep it dairy free.
- Sweeten it with maple syrup and use only walnuts for a great "Maple Nut" flavor (like my favorite ice cream flavor). Granola will be more crumbly but just as delicious.
- Vanilla extract is my favorite, but you can also use pure almond.
- Add dried fruit like cranberries, raisins, cherries, apricots or chopped dates to give it a sweet/tart flavor.
- Add some mini chocolate chips after it has baked and cooled for a slightly sweeter granola.
How to Make your own Homemade Granola
Step 1: Combine Dry Ingredients
Step 2: Melt Butter & Honey
Step 3: Combine it all Together
Add the butter and honey mix to the dry ingredients and mix it all together so all the oats are coated. Spread the granola evenly on a large parchment lined rimmed baking sheet. I like to use a half sheet pan.
Step 4: Bake it
Bake the granola at 250° for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring it half way. Let it cool completely on baking sheet. The granola will crisp more as it cools.
How to store Homemade Granola?
Break it up into chunks or crumbles and store it in an air tight jar, container or zip top bag. This will keep for a good couple weeks or even longer in the pantry. If it will even last that long! Ours barely lasts 2 weeks.
More Healthy Breakfast and Snack Ideas
- Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies
- Applesauce Carrot Breakfast Muffins
- Ham & Cheese Mini Frittatas
- Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
- Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - One my kids' favorite snacks!
- Chickpea Peanut Butter Bites
- Fruit Nachos
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites
- Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
- Monster Cookie Protein Bites
Try this easy and delicious recipe for Homemade Granola and let me know your favorite variation in the comments below along with a star rating, please! Pictures encouraged on Instagram with the hashtag #heathershomemadekitchen You can also follow me on Social Media to see what other crazy things my family and I are doing! If you like what you see, please share with your friends and family!
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- Preheat oven to 250 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds and coconut.
- In a small pot, combine the butter, honey, and cinnamon over low heat. Heat until butter is melted completely. Stir in vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the oat mix and thoroughly mix it together.
- Spread out granola as evenly as possible on the baking sheet.
- Bake granola for 1 hour and 15 minutes, mixing it and turning it half way through baking.
- Let cool completely on baking sheet before storing. Granola will crisp up more as it cools.