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Easy Homemade Granola

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With a few minutes in the kitchen, you can make homemade granola for your family to use on yogurt, ice cream and as a really delicious munchable snack.

Kids love to add this granola for the crunch and don’t even realize how much good nutrition they are getting with each snack. Add it to trail mix with dried fruit, chocolate chips or M&Ms. You can even use it for cereal!

Homemade Granola

 

Why This Recipe?

You control the ingredients. When you make your own this simple granola recipe, you don’t have to worry about preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, or random ingredients your kids cannot stand.

By making your own granola you can add ingredients with high nutritional value such as flaxseed, wheat germ, brewers yeast, or protein powder.

Making homemade granola in bulk is cheaper than buying expensive pre-made granola bars.

 

granola in bowl

This is a great topping for yogurt and fruit.

Homemade Granola

How to Make Homemade Granola

Ingredients for Homemade Granola

Oats. Rolled oats, or steel-cut oats will all work. Quick oats will make a bit of a dry and chewy mess.

Crisp Rice Cereal. If you will be serving this to someone who is gluten-free be sure to find a box labeled as such. Some rice cereals have cross-contamination. I use rice krispies.

Ground Flaxseed or Wheat Germ. This adds to the nutritional value and helps the other ingredients with bonding

Brown Sugar. A variety of sweeteners are used in this recipe to increase the depth of flavor.

Maple Syrup. A great all-natural sweetener with interesting flavor.

Honey. All-natural sweetener.

Vegetable Oil.

Salt. I recommend normal table salt.

Vanilla. Do not use imitation vanilla extract unless absolutely necessary.

Non-Stick Olive Oil Spray. To prevent the mixture from sticking to the cooking sheet.

Homemade Granola Ingredients

Equipment Needed for Simple Granola Recipe

  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Small saucepan
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large bowl
  • Large or wooden spoon

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300º.
  2. Combine oats, riced cereal, salt, and flaxseed in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan melt brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, and oil.
  4. Remove from heat once melted and stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour the sauce over the ingredients in the large bowl and fold in until well incorporated. (It may still look dry and that’s okay.)
  6. Spray baking sheet with a light coating of nonstick olive oil
  7. Pour mixture out onto it
  8. Bake for 10 mins. Stir then bake another 10 mins.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20-30 mins
  10. Stir the mixture every 5 mins so it doesn’t clump together.
  11. Store in an airtight container.

Homemade Granola Step 1

 

Homemade Granola Step 1

Homemade Granola Step 1

 

Tips for Homemade Granola

Make sure to move the mixture around as it cools so that it doesn’t form clumps.

Serve over yogurt or ice cream.

Add variety to your granola with any of the following add-ins. Dried fruit such as cherries, raisins, cranberries, bananas, apples, mango or pineapple would all work. Coconut flakes, chocolate chips of any flavor, dark chocolate nibs, seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seesds or flaxseed are all excellent choices. Try it with nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds etc.

Make sure your granola is completely cool before breaking it apart for storing. Residual heat can cause sogginess.

Much like cookies, don’t wait until your granola looks fully done to pull it from the oven. It will continue to crisp up and cook more as it cools.

FAQ

Is Homemade Granola Gluten Free?

Yes! Be sure to check your oats, and crisp rice cereal for cross contamination if you need the granola to be gluten-free. You can find this information on the label. You should also plan to use flaxseed and do not use the wheat germ.

Is Homemade Granola Dairy-Free?

Yes. If you make your homemade granola according to the recipe it should be dairy-free.

Is Homemade Granola Cheaper than storebought?

Yes. Plan to make granola several times because you will be buying the ingredients in larger quantities than what you have to have for one recipe.

How do I store homemade granola?

You can put your granola in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature for a week or maybe two. If you keep it in a freezer quality zipper bag at room temperature it won’t last quite as long because those are not airtight. Keep an eye on it for spoilage. You can also freeze your granola for more long term storage and thaw it as needed.

Can I leave out the oil?

No, you cannot. Granola needs a little bit of fat to keep it from being just a bag of dried oats. You can, however, substitute for a more healthy fat such as coconut oil or avocado oil if you prefer.

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Easy Homemade Granola

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5 from 25 votes

Easy Homemade Granola

With a few minutes in the kitchen you can make a homemade granola for your family to use on yogurt, ice cream and as a munchable snack.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast., fruit, granola, homemade, oats, topping
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 255kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 cups oats
  • 1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2-3 tbsp ground flax seed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Non stick olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • Combine oats, riced cereal, salt and flaxseed in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan melt brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, and oil.
  • Remove from heat once melted and stir in vanilla.
  • Pour the sauce over the ingredients in the large bowl and fold in until well incorporated (it may
  • still look dry that’s okay)
  • Spray baking sheet with a light coating of non stick olive oil
  • Pour mixture out onto it
  • Bake for 10 mins. Stir then bake another 10 mins.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20-30 mins
  • Stir the mixture every 5 mins so it doesn’t clump together.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Make sure to move the mixture around as it cools so that it doesn’t form clumps.
Serve over yogurt or ice cream

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 188mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg

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Recipe Rating




Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Thursday 20th of January 2022

My husband loves to go camping so I have pinned this to make for him the next time he heads to the mountains. Of course, it will make a great snack around the house too. Thanks for sharing it. #HomeMattersParty

Ellie

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Tried this added diced dried apricots and chopped pecans taste good but too loose no clusters.

Laurie Cover

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

I enjoy making granola and my family sure likes it when I do! I’m in a granola making vacation currently because our camper kitchen oven is just too small.

Thanks for sharing your great recipe this week at the Homestead Blog Hop!

Laurie Ridge Haven Homestead Homestead Blog Hop Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop

Niki

Saturday 15th of January 2022

This looks delicious & so easy! I'm pinning & definitely going to try it out. Thanks for sharing on Happiness is Homemade at LifeasaLEOWife.com. I've started a new link party, Crafty Creators, & I'd love to have you share there as well. It's open Thursdays thru Mondays. Hope to see you there! XOXO, Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

Tamara

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

I didn't realize it was easy to make granola. Wizardry! It looks delicious.

Raquel

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

It really is so easy to make homemade granola!