This easy Homemade Granola Recipe with is full of easy to find ingredients, and has lots of variations. It is a crunchy granola recipe that is going to feel like such a healthy start to the day.
We have been in some breakfast ruts around here lately. It’s so easy to get there, don’t you think? Let’s get that breakfast joy back with some delicious granola. From the moment I created this recipe a few years ago, it is become one of my favorites. I love eating this homemade granola dry by the handful as snack and I adore it in a bowl with some milk and fresh fruit as granola cereal.
It tasted just like store bought granola! My family loves it! They usually don’t care for my homemade granola – delicious!
This is a pretty standard formula that is easy to follow and easy to customize to what you are craving.
- Old Fashioned Oats: Make sure you buy old fashioned oats not quick cooking, read more on this below.
- Honey: Not only does this bring some sweetness to the recipes, it also helps hold the granola together.
- Vegetable Oil: This is what helps crisp up the granola as it bakes and gives it that great crunch. See the note in the recipe card about lessening the oil. I haven’t tried this with other oils, but given the low cooking temperature here, they should work fine.
- Nuts: These help add protein to the granola and you can use so many different varieties. I prefer pecans or almonds. If you are serving someone with a nut allergy, consider swapping these to seeds like pumpkin or sunflower.
- Dried Fruit: Add this after baking. Raisins, dried cranberries, and dried pineapple are all great choices!
- Seasonings: For added flavor, I like to add cinnamon and vanilla extract. You could try other great flavor combinations though, like a little less cinnamon mixed with a pinch of ginger and allspice! Or swapping the vanilla for almond extract.
How to Make Granola
This is a brief overview on how to make this delicious and easy granola recipe. For the full recipe with all of the ingredients, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the seasonings. Mix the sugar, oil, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla together.
- Add in the dry ingredients. Fold in the oats and whatever nuts you’ve chosen.
- Bake the granola. As mentioned in the recipe card, watch the granola closely after flipping it half way through. The timing in the recipe card is perfect for my oven, but oven temperatures can vary greatly.
- Let it cool. After baking, you let the granola cool for an hour at room temperature.
- Finish it off. The granola will be in large chunks from baking. So break it apart and then stir in the dried fruit.
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Granola Variations and Substitutions
There are so many great things that you can do with granola and so many flavor combinations that you can bring in.
- Swap the honey. You can replace the honey with agave nectar or maple syrup.
- Reduce or swap the oil. Instead of vegetable oil, you can use grape seed or coconut oil. Again see the note in the recipe card about cutting back on the oil.
- Trade out half the nuts for seeds. I like adding pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds to my granola.
- Add in some chocolate. Leave out half of the fruit and after the granola has completely cooled, throw in half a cup of mini chocolate chips for an extra special granola.
Storing and Freezing
This recipe for granola will last in an air tight container in your pantry for up to two weeks. As with any recipe, use your best discretion when it comes to leftovers.
This granola recipe is also great for freezing. I suggest freezing it in single servings so that you can pull out just the amount you plan on eating. Store it in plastic bags, squeezing out as much air as you can, and allow it to thaw on the counter top overnight before eating.
This recipe makes 9 cups of granola.
Yes! This is a great gluten free recipe. Ensure that you are buying gluten free oats, as that is the one ingredient in this that could contain gluten.
Generally speaking, the ingredients in granola are very good for you. The ingredient you need to be careful with is oil. There is a note in the recipe card about lowering the amount of oil.
At 302 calories and 5 grams of protein it’s a good breakfast and when you add in some milk and fresh fruit, it will leave you feeling satisfied throughout the morning.
Yes! This is a great recipe for those following a vegan diet. If you are serving this to someone who is a strict vegan, you will want to swap the honey for maple syrup or agave.
Homemade Granola Recipe
- 1/3 cup honey 78.86 ml (or agave or maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil 118.29 ml (see note)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar 71 grams (packed)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 5 cups old fashioned oats 445 grams (not quick cooking oats)
- 2 cups chopped pecans 228 grams (any roughly chopped nut would be great here – especially walnuts or almonds)
- 1 cup dried cranberries 114 grams (or any dried fruit)
- 1 cup raisins 149 grams (or any dried fruit, not packed)
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together honey, oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon.1/3 cup honey, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon table salt, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Gently fold in the oats and the nuts. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes rotating the baking sheet half way though baking.5 cups old fashioned oats, 2 cups chopped pecans
- Starting from when you rotate the pan (around 18 minutes), keep a very close eye on your granola. Check on it every few minutes, especially as you start to smell it more. It can burn very quickly. As it starts to turn golden around the edges, it will need only a few minutes more.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Allow to cool for an hour. Break apart the granola and mix in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.1 cup raisins, 1 cup dried cranberries