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!
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This post was originally posted on 06/26/2019 and updated on 05/3/2022.
Why We Love This Homemade Granola
- Homemade tastes much better.
- It is soooo much cheaper to make your own granola 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!
- Makes the perfect quick breakfast.
- Delicious topping on Greek yogurt for a great snack.
I make this easy granola recipe about every two weeks. That is how much we love it!
Ingredients for Healthy Granola Recipe
- 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
Homemade Granola Variations
- 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 melted coconut oil to keep it dairy free.
- Sweeten it with real 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.
- Pure 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 Homemade Healthy Granola
- Preheat oven to 250°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. I like to use a half sheet pan.
- First step, add rolled oats, 2 cups of your favorite nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut to a large bowl big enough to mix it all together.
- Next, in a small saucepan, combine the butter, honey and cinnamon. Heat on low until everything is melted together and combined.
- Remove from heat and stir the pure vanilla extract into the honey mixture.
- Now, add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture and mix it all together so all the oats are coated.
- Spread the granola mixture in an even layer on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the granola in a 250°F preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes until golden brown, stirring it half way.
- Let it cool completely on baking sheet. The finished granola will crisp more as it cools.
How to Store Homemade Granola
Break it up into chunks or crumbles and store it in an airtight container, mason jar or zip top bag at room temperature. 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
- Chickpea Peanut Butter Bites
- Fruit Nachos
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites
- Peanut Butter Cereal Bars
- Monster Cookie Protein Bites
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups mixed nuts of choice, my favorite is almonds, walnuts and pistachios
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup salted butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 250°F and line a large rimmed 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.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Add the wet ingredients to the oat mixture and thoroughly mix it together.
- Spread out granola as evenly as possible on the prepared 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.
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