We love granola! But the store bought kind is expensive and who knows what they put in it. I experimented countless times to get the right recipe and finally got it! So, I’m sharing it with you! The best thing about this homemade granola is that it sticks together in chunks for easy (i.e. can’t get your hand out of the jar) snacking.
Homemade Granola Ingredients
This master recipe helps you customize your own homemade granola so you can put your favorite ingredients and flavors in.
4 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Chips (add more nuts and oats if you don’t want the coconut)
1 Pinch of Salt
1 Tablespoon of your favorite spice like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or a mixture of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and cloves for a gingerbread taste.
Nuts or Seeds:
1 Cup of raw sliced almonds, chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or a fun combination.
1/2 Cup of dried cranberries, raisins, chopped apricots, chopped cherries, ect.
Oil or Fat:
1/4 Cup Melted Butter, Canola Oil, or Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, Maple Syrup, Honey, Agave, or Sweetener of your choice. I usually use a Brown Sugar and Honey combination. You could also try 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
1 1/2 Teaspoons of vanilla, almond, or your favorite extract.
Optional: Lemon or Orange Zest
How to Make Healthy Homemade Granola
This is a perfect recipe to cook with your kids because it’s not messy and it’s really easy. My little Emma has shown an interest in helping me cook lately so I recruited her to mix it up.
First, we preheated the oven to 300° and lined an edged pan with tin foil. Then we mixed together our base, spices, nuts, and dried fruit in a large bowl.
Emma put sliced almonds, cranberries, cinnamon, and nutmeg in ours. Sometimes we add a handful of mini chocolate chips after it has cooled completely.
In a separate bowl or measuring cup I combined the oil and sweetener until it resembled a liquid caramel. Our mixture includes melted butter, brown sugar, honey and vanilla.
Emma stirred in half of the sweetener mix with a wooden spoon until it was combined and then stirred in the remaining liquid. She mixed it really well until it was evenly distributed.
Gosh she’s cute 🙂
I spread out the granola evenly on the foil-lined pan and baked for about 30 minutes until it was lightly golden. If you want your granola to stick together in chunks, don’t stir it! Set it on a wire rack and let it cool completely before breaking the granola up. If you don’t like your granola to stick together, stir every 8-10 minutes during the cooking time and right after you take it out of the oven.
We eat our granola on Greek yogurt, with milk like cereal, and just plain for a quick snack. You could also try topping muffins with it before they go in the oven for a delicious crunch.
What do you like to put in your granola?