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
Start with simple ingredients:
- 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
Easy Homemade Granola
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 cup pecan halves or pieces
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ 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: 294Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 60mgFiber: 5gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g
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I love this recipe,just reading it after having my oui yogurt which I love,but yours looks so good. Going to try to make it today.
I will have to make a batch for you! It's so easy!
Thanks for great granola recipe......I have added 1/2 cup coconut.
Coconut is a great addition! Thanks so much for stopping by.
I would love to make this recipe, it will be great to go with my morning yogurt!
How much cinnamon would you recommend I add and should I had prior to baking with the oats and nuts?
I would say about 2 teaspoons and I would mix it in with the honey. I hope you enjoy it.
Great, easy recipe. I am a cinnamon type of guy, so that is added. The coconut recommendation does sound good, but my wife hates coconut. I also up the amount of almonds and oat meal. I then add cashews, sunflower seeds, pepitas, millet, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. MMMM, making me hungry for more homemade granola.
I'm going to date myself and say I agree with you on the love for a sweet cereal. For me, there was only one that I would eat and that was Sugar Smacks with Dig 'Em, the frog. LOL The only other cereal I would eat, and still eat today, is Cheerios.
Thanks for sharing and getting the desire for granola going again. So easy to do, but so easy to forget about.
Love your additions! Thanks for visiting!
Question. I see the calorie count per serving but don’t see the serving size. What is serving size?
About 1/2 cup per serving.