Easy Homemade Granola Recipe-4 Steps

Once you try this homemade granola, you’ll never go bake to store-bought granola! It so much more flavorful, and a lot more healthy as well. It’s made with lot’s of nutritious nuts and dry fruits and is naturally sweetened.

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About This Recipe

If you’ve never made granola at home before, let me tell you that it is one of the simplest things you can make. All you have to do is mix up all the ingredients in a bowl, bake it and you’ve got yourself a healthy and nutritious breakfast or snack!

The best part about this granola recipe is that it is very customizable, after you’ve made the base of the granola, which is oats, a sweetener, and some fat (either, olive oil, or coconut oil) you could add in any type of nuts, seeds, spices and dried fruit you have on hand.

Homemade granola is not only better than store-bought granola, but it’s also so much healthier! It’s made with whole grains, is naturally sweetened and you know exactly what goes into it.

Granola can be served with a bowl of Greek yogurt and some fresh berries, I also like to drizzle on some peanut butter for an extra delicious breakfast! You could also have it with milk, or even just on it’s own.

What You Need To Make This Recipe

Oats: you’ll need old fashioned rolled oats, any other type of oats will not work for this granola recipe.

Natural Sweetener: I used honey but real maple syrup works as well. The honey really gives the granola a delicious rich flavor.

Oil: oil is what makes the granola crunchy and delicious! I used extra-virgin olive oil, but unrefined coconut oil works great as well.

Nuts/Seeds: I used hazelnuts and a mix of pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Some other options would be almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews etc.

Salt/Spice: salt is a must for flavorful granola, it really helps balance the overall sweetness. I also added some ground cinnamon to this batch, but this is optional. Some other spice options would be ground ginger, or pumpkin spice.

Dried Fruit: dried fruits adds extra sweetness and a chewy texture. I used dried cranberries and raisins for this batch but some other options include, chopped dried apricots or dried cherries. Also the dried fruit are added to the granola after it is baked, this is so they don’t become hard in the oven.

How to Make Homemade Granola

Step 1: In a large bowl combine the oats, chopped nuts, seeds, salt any spices you’d like to use.

Step 2: Add in the honey and olive oil and give it a good mix.

Step 3: Spread the mixture onto a lined, large baking tray and bake at 180 °C / 350 °F for 20-25 minutes. At the halfway mark, remove the granola from the oven, give it a good stir, gently press down the granola, and then continue to bake for the remaining time, until the granola is evenly golden brown.

Step 4: Once baked, remove the granola from the oven and add in the dried fruits. Give it a mix, then let the granola cool down completely. After it cooled, use your hands to break up the granola.

Storing The Homemade Granola

Store the granola in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. It’s really important that you use an -air-tight container otherwise the granola could become soft!

Pro Tips

  • Add in cinnamon or any of you favorite spices to make an even more flavorful granola.
  • For clumpy granola, press down the granola before you put it back into the oven after stirring at the halfway mark. Then once the granola is finished baking and is cooled completely, break the granola into large chunks rather than crumbling it up all the way.
  • If you have a convection oven (oven with a fan setting), reduce the temperature by 20 degrees.
  • Line your baking tray with parchment paper, so the honey/maple syrup sticks to the oats and not the pan.
  • If you want chocolate chips in your granola, add it in after the granola has cooled completely. If you add it in when it’s still hot the chocolate chips will melt!
  • Use whatever nuts, seeds or dried fruit you have on hand. Experiment with different ingredients to find what you prefer in your granola.
  • Use gluten-free oats to make gluten-free homemade granola.
  • Want to make homemade granola bars? Well, I have the perfect recipe for you! Here is my homemade granola bars recipe.
Homemade granola recipe

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Homemade Granola Recipe

Once you try this homemade granola, you’ll never go bake to store-bought granola! It so much more flavorful, and a lot more healthy as well. It’s made with lot’s of nutritious nuts and dry fruits and is naturally sweetened.

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 23 min

Total Time: 28 min

Course: Breakfast/Snack

Servings: 16

Calories: 292kcal

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I used hazelnuts)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or unrefined coconut oil)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 °C / 350 °F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, chopped nuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and salt (and spices if using any). ( 4 cups oats, 1 cup chopped nuts, 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp salt)
  3. Add in the honey (or maple syrup) and olive oil. Give it a mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated. ( 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup olive oil)
  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto the prepared pan and bake for 23 minutes. At the halfway mark, remove the granola from the oven, give it a good stir, gently press it down, and continue to bake for the remaining time.
  5. Once the granola is baked, add in the dried fruit and give it a mix. Now let it cool completely, untouched for about 45-60 minutes. Then use you hands to break it up, if you want large chunks, or stir it with a large spoon if you don’t want clumpy granola. ( 1/4 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup raisins)
  6. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature. Serve with yogurt, milk, berries, or have it on it’s own, enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 292.23kcal

Total Fat: 17.07g

Carbs: 32.01g

Sugars: 12.62g

Protein: 5.81g

Fiber: 4.1g

Sodium: 148.07mg

** Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more. **

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