Easy Homemade Granola is a simple and delicious breakfast or anytime snack. With homemade granola, you know exactly what ingredients you are eating and it’s something you can feel good about feeding your family.
I have been meaning to make homemade granola for the longest time and I’m so glad I finally took the time to do it. It is way easier than I imagined and more delicious than any store bought variety that I have tried.
I have always been seriously obsessed with cereal. When I was growing up, I got up every morning and went straight to the cabinet for a box of cereal.
My cereal cabinet can still rival Jerry Seinfeld’s any day of the week. I love the super sugary varieties but I also love the healthier options too.
As much as I love granola, I rarely buy it. It’s so expensive and I am so picky! I don’t want it to be overly sweet, I don’t really like raisins in it and it can’t be too soft or have those huge super crunchy chunks.
So making a batch of Easy Homemade Granola is the answer for me. I can choose the ingredients I like and I can control how sweet and crunchy it is.
My husband says there is no such thing as too crunchy but I feel like Grape Nuts are breaking my teeth. Where do you stand?
You can enjoy granola with milk but I really love a yogurt and granola parfait topped with fresh berries. My Strawberry Cheesecake Breakfast Parfaits are insanely delicious.
How To Make Easy Homemade Granola
- Old Fashioned Oats
- Nuts like Pecans, almonds or walnuts
- Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Pinch of Salt
Combine Honey, oil, vanilla and salt and toss with oats and nuts. Bake slowly for about 45 minutes to one hour.
Great additions to homemade granola:
- chia seeds
- sunflower seeds
- dark chocolate chunks
- dried cranberries or dates
- dried banana chips
- cinnamon or chai spices
It’s so easy to change it up for what you have on hand. We loved it so much that I will likely make a double batch this weekend. I am thinking chai spices and dark chocolate chunks will be my next variety.
I really debated about sharing this recipe because it is so simple, but I just loved it too much and thought others would too. I’m still surprised at how easy it is.
I read one time that Ina Garten won’t make her own granola because there’s so many good ones available. Well maybe in NYC, maybe not in tiny town, Oklahoma.
I have really been trying to cut back on processed foods and healthy, homemade granola is a step in the right direction.
I think I could seriously eat Golden Grahams or Super Golden Crisp (remember when it was called Super SUGAR Crisp?) every day of my life. However, I am realizing it’s not the best choice for me these days.
If I don’t have something quick and easy, I am liable to just grab a cranberry pecan biscotti from the cookie jar and call that breakfast.
Having this homemade granola recipe sweetened with honey is the answer! I add just a bit of honey and it’s not overly sweet. The oats, pecans and almonds get all toasty and delicious and have just a bit of crunch.
Now if I could just get my rear in gear and find time to exercise, I would really be headed in a good direction. I’m just counting the days until we can get in the swimming pool.
The weather has been a little warmer here this last week. There’s a little more green grass every day and our daffodils are in full bloom. Spring and summer are just around the corner. I am so ready.
This Easy Homemade Granola is also a great afternoon snack. I hope you will give it a try and let me know what your favorite additions are.
Helpful Tools for Making Homemade Granola:
Quart Mason Jars for storage
Heavy Bottom Juice Glasses for parfaits
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup pecan halves or pieces
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Add oats, pecans and almonds to a large bowl, mix well.
In a small bowl, combine honey, oil, vanilla and salt. Mix to combine.
Pour over oats and nuts and stir until well combined.
Pour onto a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 294 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 60mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 10g Protein: 6g
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