Forget store-bought! This Homemade Granola is so delicious you’ll never want to have store-bought granola again. You can totally customize it with all your favorite granola add-ins and anything you have at home in the pantry!
Let’s make granola! Granola was invented in New York in the late-1800s and served at the Jackson Sanitarium, a popular health spa. It wasn’t made and sold on the mass market until the 1970s, though. These days there’s a huge market for granola and it comes in many different forms and flavors! Our favorite way to enjoy? Make Homemade Granola! This way it’s totally customizable and so yummy. The best part is that it’s extremely easy to make. Let’s get cooking!
How to Eat Granola
One of the reasons so many people love granola is because it’s versatile. You can eat granola in a bowl with milk like cereal, sprinkled over yogurt or parfaits, in oatmeal, as an ice cream topping, or eat it by the handful by itself! You can even make Spiced Savory Granola to top your soup.
Ingredients in Homemade Granola
Here’s why we love homemade granola: it’s flexible and so easy to make at home. You can swap ingredients based on your preferences or to adapt to what you already have in your pantry!
Basic Granola Recipe
- Oats (use old-fashioned, not quick oats!)
- Unsweetened shredded coconut
- Brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Oil - vegetable, coconut, grapeseed, or avocado oil all work well!
- Agave nectar
- Apple juice
That’s your base. Here’s where you can start customizing! Our favorite granola add-ins…
- Nuts: Use raw nuts like pecans, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts
- Flax seeds: Use regular or golden or a combination of the two
- Dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, pineapple, mango, or blueberries are all tasty. Just add them after the granola is cooked so they don’t burn in the oven.
- For a nut-free granola use seeds like sunflower, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), or chia
How to Make Granola at Home
- Start with a large mixing bowl and add oast, coconut, brown sugar, and salt. In a smaller bowl, combine the oil, vanilla, and agave nectar. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry.
- Add the apple juice and mix it really well. We like to use clean hands for this step! Just get in there! Squeeze everything together to form some clusters, which are perfect for snacking.
- Add the pecans and flax seeds, then mix well one more time before spreading the mixture evenly on a lined baking sheet. You might need two sheets since you want it in a thin, even layer!
- Bake at 275 Farenheit for 45 minutes. Peek in every 10-15 minutes and give it a stir so it cooks evenly.
- Let it cool a bit, then add the dried fruit. Now leave it to cool completely before storing it in a sealed container. This is necessary so your granola keeps the larger, clumped pieces. Enjoy!
Storing Homemade Granola
Once baked and cooled, your homemade granola can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about a week. We like using glass jars for storing granola! If you aren’t going to eat it within a week, pop your granola in the freezer until you’re ready to thaw and devour.
More Granola Recipes
- Nut-Free Chocolate Coconut Granola
- Quinoa, Pistachio, & Apricot Granola
- Spiced Savory Granola
- Chocolate Chip Coconut Granola Bites
- Tahini, Turmeric, & Date Vegan Granola Bars
- Cinnamon Raisin Quinoa Granola
- Gluten-Free Passover Pina Colada Granola
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Forget the store bought stuff! This homemade granola is so simple and easy to prepare, you'll never want to buy it again!
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup unsweetened, unsulphured, unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- 3 tbs apple juice
- 1/4 cup raw pecans
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 1/4 cup golden flax seeds
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup dried raisins
- 1/4 cup dried blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 275 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl mix the oats, coconut, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
- In a smaller bowl mix the oil, vanilla extract and agave nectar.
- Add the oil mixture to the oats. Mix it really well with your hands until the oats are coated evenly.
- Add the apple juice and squeeze the mixture together to form some clusters.
- Add pecans and flax seeds. Mix well.
- Spread evenly on a baking sheet, to form one single, thin layer ( you may need to bake it in two batches)
- Bake for 45 minutes at 275F, checking and mixing every 10-15 minutes so it cooks evenly.
- Let it cool slightly and add dried fruit. Let it cool completely and store in air tight container.
- Category: Breakfast, Snack
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 124
- Fat: 6.2
- Saturated Fat: 2
- Unsaturated Fat: 4
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 14.8
- Fiber: 2.6
- Protein: 2.3
- Cholesterol: 0