This easy homemade granola recipe makes the best breakfast or snack, and it’s simple to make! Kids and adults alike will love this homemade granola recipe. It’s full of sweet fruit, nuts, syrup, spices and vanilla! Yum! This homemade granola recipe will be a family favorite, because it’s so versatile! From breakfast, snacking, and dessert, this homemade granola recipe is the best.
Easy Homemade Granola Recipe
Granola is a staple in my house! Whether we eat it with yogurt, or in a smoothie bowl, it’s a quick and healthy way to start the day! It’s so versatile and you can change it up a bit and add all of your favorite things. You can add things like flax seed, wheat germ, sesame seeds, brown sugar, coconut oil…make this healthy granola recipe your own. Use your favorite nuts, add some dark chocolate chips, make your own homemade granola unique using basic ingredients.
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Supplies Needed To Make This Homemade Granola Recipe:
I’d probably avoid oils like vegetable oil, canola oil, or olive oil. Melted coconut oil and butter actually work best.
How To Make This Delicious Homemade Granola Recipe
Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
In a large bowl combine oats, and nuts. All the dry ingredients go into one bowl.
In a measuring cup, combine syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
Pour about 1/2 of the syrup mixture over oat mixture and stir to coat, add remaining syrup mixture and stir to coat.
Spread into an even layer onto cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and add back to a large bowl, stir in dried fruit.
Spread evenly onto foil, paper or a towel to cool.
The best part of this recipe is that you can use it to make homemade granola bars, after!
Homemade Granola Recipe Variations
- I really like adding adding a couple pinches of salt to mine. I also like adding a couple teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- Also, I sometimes swap out maple syrup for honey. If you don’t like cranberries, you can also use raisins or dried cherries.
- You can also use any of your favorite nuts/variations of nuts like: pistachios, walnuts, cashews.
- You could also add some coconut flakes or pumpkin seeds. Make this granola yours! This isn’t store-bought granola, you can put all your favorite things in it!
How To Store This Delicious Homemade Granola
After you’ve made your own granola, store in airtight container. It is also best stored at room temperature and in a dry area. Make sure you allow your granola cool off before you store it to avoid moisture and bacteria.
These are some of our favorite air tight containers that will help keep your homemade granola and granola clusters fresh! Fresh means good flavors and crispness!
What Do You Use Your Homemade Granola For?
There are so many ways to use this homemade granola. You can eat is as a snack or eat it on other things like:
- Yogurt Parfait
- Dessert Parfait
- Frozen Yogurt
- Ice Cream
- Mix with peanut butter to make energy bites
- Mix into bake goods
- Turn your homemade granola in to a granola bar
- Add milk and make cereal
- In a smoothie bowl
- Add to a salad
- Add to a fruit salad
- Put on top of cooked oatmeal to give it texture
- 3 cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried apricots or other dried fruit
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.
- Then, in a large bowl, combine oats, and nuts.
- In a measuring cup, combine syrup, oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir to combine.
- Next, pour about 1/2 of the syrup mixture over the oat mixture and stir to coat. Add the remaining syrup mixture, and stir to coat.
- Spread evenly onto a cookie sheet, and then bake at 300 degrees for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and add back to a large bowl. Stir in dried fruit.
- Spread evenly onto foil, paper, or a towel to cool.
- Store in an airtight container.
Is Eating Homemade Granola Healthy?
That depends! If you add a lot of sugar and brown sugar…no. But a little sweetness with fruit and nuts and oats, yes. But in moderation as even with fruit the calories and sugar can add up. But granola contains a lot of important nutrients and fiber that we need.
Why Is My Homemade Granola Not Crunchy?
If your homemade granola lacks crispiness then there are a couple issues that could be causing it. You didn’t spread your granola thinly enough on a baking sheet. You didn’t make it long enough at a low temperature. Or you used too much liquid sweetener.
How Many Days Does Homemade Granola Last?
If you store your homemade granola in an airtight container and away from moisture, it can stay fresh for about two or three weeks. Dried fruits like raisins and cranberries can last for months, however apricots and figs only last weeks. So keep this in mind.
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What is your favorite way to eat granola? What ingredients did you add to your homemade granola recipe? Comment below!