How to Make Granola

Homemade granola is so easy to make (seriously, it takes all of five minutes from pantry to oven), and it’s so, so, so much cheaper to make it at home than buy it in the store. Plus, you can customize it to your heart’s content.

Total Time: 45 minutes

How to Make Granola - An easy how-to and formula for homemade granola! Customize however you like for your very own version. (It's so, so, so much cheaper to make it at home than buy it in the store, too!) Dairy-free/vegan and no refined sugar options included.

How to Make Granola - An easy how-to and formula for homemade granola! Customize however you like for your very own version. (It's so, so, so much cheaper to make it at home than buy it in the store, too!) Dairy-free/vegan and no refined sugar options included

Granola is the perfect grab-and-go snack, the perfect quick breakfast when served with berries and yogurt, and the perfect all-around food for my toddler. Yeah, it’s pretty perfect. (Gosh, I’m repetitive today).

As a matter of fact, it’s one of the few foods my picky toddler adores, so I’m glad I know how to make granola so I can save gobs of money over store-bought. “Ga-ah-na!” she cries, several times a day. (She’s also newly obsessed with bacon, which is a story for another day).

We also love homemade granola around here because it’s super easy to make (seriously, it takes all of five minutes from pantry to oven), and, yep, it’s so, so, so much cheaper to make it at home than buy it in the store. Plus, you can customize the stuff to your heart’s content. Recently we’ve been big into a combo with coconut, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and dried blueberries. The version I just pulled out of the oven has brown sugar, vanilla, and tons of almonds.

How to Make Granola - Homemade granola is so easy to make (seriously, it takes all of five minutes from pantry to oven), and it's so, so, so much cheaper to make it at home than buy it in the store. Plus, you can customize it to your heart's content.

No matter what combination you throw together, it’s really, really hard to go wrong with homemade granola. Here’s how to make it!

How to Make Granola

Yield: 10 cups granola

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

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Homemade granola is so easy to make (seriously, it takes all of five minutes from pantry to oven), and it's so, so, so much cheaper to make it at home than buy it in the store. Plus, you can customize it to your heart's content.

Ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetener such as: 1 cup honey OR 1 cup pure maple syrup OR 1/2 cup honey + 1/2 cup brown sugar OR 1/2 cup pure maple syrup + 1/2 cup brown sugar OR you can even use 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (or substitute more oil for a vegan version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch salt (optional, and only recommended if the nuts you're adding are unsalted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Dry ingredients:

  • 5 cups rolled grains (usually oats, but five-grain rolled grain cereal is also great)
  • 4 cups nuts and seeds (any combination of sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, sliced almonds, chopped pecans, walnuts, pepitas, cashews, etc.)
  • 1 cup of dried fruit (dried blueberries, chopped dried apricots, chopped dried mango, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large rimmed cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the rolled grains and/or oats, nuts, and seeds. Don't add the fruit yet! You'll add that after you've baked the granola. (The dried fruit is added after it’s baked).
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the honey, syrup, or brown sugar (or a combination), butter, and vegetable oil, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and ingredients are fairly well combined. Add the cinnamon, pinch of salt, and/or vanilla extract if using.
  4. Pour the honey/butter/oil mixture over the grain/nut/seed mixture, and toss until evenly coated.
  5. Spread granola on cookie sheets and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until the granola turns golden brown.
  6. Let cool, then toss in the dried fruit.
  7. Store in an airtight container (it should keep for up to a month at room temperature).

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.

50 Responses to “How to Make Granola”

  1. I love homemade granola – you’re right, so simple! I love adding in whatever dried fruit I have on hand. My favorite new addition are hemp and chia seeds – so crunchy!

  2. I’ve never made my own granola before, but you’ve convinced me that I should. :)

  3. LOVE this. I’ve never made granola before, but I spend a fortune on it, and I’d like to try. I love how customizable it looks.

  4. Just finished making this, and it turned out really well (the smell why it was cooking was driving both my sons crazy). I made it in the a crock pot the same way I make Chex Mix, cooking it for three hours or so on high (without a lid) and stirring every 10 minutes.

    • Okay, I am way tardy in responding to this comment, but I just want to reply now and say the idea of making this in the Crock Pot is genius! I can only imagine how delicious your house smelled. :)

  5. Just finished making this, and it turned out really well (the smell why it was cooking was driving both my sons crazy). I made it in the a crock pot the same way I make Chex Mix, cooking it for three hours or so on high (without a lid) and stirring every 10 minutes.

  6. love this so much

  7. I’m so excited to make this when I get home tonight! I was just looking at the ingredients on my store bought Granola box and it’s full of added sugars and bad fats!
    Ick!
    This recipe looks amazing :)

  8. I’m so excited to make this when I get home tonight! I was just looking at the ingredients on my store bought Granola box and it’s full of added sugars and bad fats!
    Ick!
    This recipe looks amazing :)

  9. I use scottish oats, pure maple syrup, almonds, raisins, and dried cranberries infused with cherry juice. It was really good, family loved it. This time I used the same for oats and syrup, but added walnuts, flaxseed, and almonds, and this time I am putting in dried tart cherries from Traverse City, my home state (Michigan)! Last time I did not wait to put in dried fruit last, I baked them too. This time I will add after. You gotta admit this is cheaper and healthier in my opinion. I know it will come out just as good as the last batch.

    • Penny, I was just wondering how much cherry juice did u use? Did you use the cherry juice in place of something else? If so what!? thanks.. I am gona make this as soon as you answer me… This is much healthier then store bought. I love to add my own mixture. thanks for this…

  10. Making this tonight. Using coconut oil instead of the veggie oil. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. This question will identify me as a rookie granola maker. If I line my baking sheets with parchment paper, won’t the granola stick to the paper making it difficult to stirr? Thanks

    • Hi Randy, parchment paper is by its nature very, um, un-sticky. I can’t think of a better word to describe it than that! But you should still be able to stir it, no problem. Honestly, you can make this directly on your baking sheet, too. It’s just bit more of a pain come clean-up time.

  12. Why unsalted butter?

    • Hi Steven, I like to make most recipes with unsalted butter (and recommend that to readers as well) because starting with unsalted allows you to better control the salt content in a recipe. But if you only have salted butter, it should work fine! Just leave (or reduce) any additional salt.

  13. I just made this with coconut oil, all wildflower honey (no sugar or other sweetener), added cashews, pecans, almonds, flaxseed, pepitas and sunflower seeds and IT WAS SO GOOD!!!!! I’ve never made granola before and will definitely make it again. Thanks!!

  14. Does anyone know if this be made without as much oil/butter and less sweetener? Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi Sarah, I haven’t tried it either way, but I’d be inclined to reduce the sweetener before I’d mess with the oil/butter ratio. If you try it, please let us know how it works out for you!

    • If you are making granola as a topping and not clusters, you don’t need any butter. I make granola to use on yogurt, fruit, or to add to my trail mix. I just use whole oats, ground flax, cheap rice crispie cereal and pure maple syrup as a base. ( you can add anything you want to it, but the syrup makes it sweet enough and my kids like to add fresh fruit to the yogurt and the granola just adds texture)About 20 mins in a 325 oven and you have crunchy granola that doesn’t clump together and stores beautifully.

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  17. Hi, I have a son that is allergic to nuts so I was looking for a way to make granola that is safe for him! Would love some help on which seeds or other grains add for a better result I cannot include any nuts.
    Thanks, Carmen

    • Carmen, I added sesame seeds and desiccated coconut, and go nuts (‘scuse the pun) on the fruits! One thing to watch is the preservatives in the fruits.

  18. This is seriously the most delicious granola I have ever tasted. I gave some to my parents-in-law to try and they took the container home, returning the empty one a couple of days later! I have been eating it for breakfast or as an afternoon snack with natural yoghurt and fresh passionfruit pulp, YUM, seriously, YUM! I have been inspired to try different ingredients, thank you for posting this recipe on your lovely blog! :)

  19. If you are going to make granola at home why add all the sugars? Why take a great heathy food and turn it in the same crap you can by in the store. If you really need to sweeten it add honey or maple syrup before eating. So much better for you. IMHO

    • Not even sure this needs a response, but I’ll go ahead and bite. This is not a recipe to make things plain and tasteless. This is a recipe to take these items and make them tasty and healthy. Adding a bit of honey or syrup isn’t bad for you, look at that ratio. If you don’t want to take the time to make it and want a topper that’s not so crunchy and sweet then no worries : ) Don’t make this.

  20. This is the best granola recipe I have ever found. You can tweak it any way you like. I usually make up a double batch at a time and keep some in my pantry for using daily and giving away to friends and family. It is awesome over yogurt. 

  21. Thankyou so much for this! It was the first recipe I looked at as your intro and pics etc were so welcoming and funny and inviting!! I will be making this all the time from now on for all my kids, and myself to snack on, and it’s so cool to add whatever you want!! I’m so grateful, well done!!!!!!!

  22. I have a granola recipe that I am super in love with, and I’ve tried others and always been disappointed. But this one…this one looks wonderful! I am excited to give it a try! 

  23. Can I use aluminum foil instead of a silicone mat or parchment paper?

    • I find it’s a little harder to move the granola around once it gets sticky with aluminum foil. It kind of shreds. Personally I’d just opt for the naked pan and do a little more scrubbing when all is said and done. :)

  24. hubby brought 1 kilo of oats,what better way to use them…will do it soon

  25. Amazing.  Easy.  Beautiful images. Will share your post with my friends and social media! Use my slow cooker! Have you tried cherry juice? Wondering how much? Thanks. :)

  26. I seriously never write reviews but i have used your granola recipe(or formula) twice and both times it has turned out AMAZING!!!! thanks so much for sharing.

  27. If you know, how can I make the granola in to bars?

  28. None of the ingredients stuck together and it was completely burnt ): what did i do wrong? 

    • The ingredients really shouldn’t stick together. As far as it being burned, does your oven cook hot? Each oven varies so next time perhaps try a lower temperature and start checking on it earlier.

  29. I love this granola! I make it every week. I use 1/2 cup of honey, and a !/2 cup of coconut sugar instead. That is what I like about this recipe you can use any thing you like. I love to use different grains also with oatmeal. This is an awesome recipe Thanks for posting it!!!

  30. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when I found your site with this easy peasy granola recipe on it.  I withheld the final whoooopeees and yeeeehawwws until I made it though.  Didn’t want to go over the top prematurely yanno. 😉

    Well let me add them now…. WHOOOOOOOOOOPEEEEEEEEEEE and YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!  This was SO easy to make and it tastes delish!!!  I used the maple syrup/brown sugar combo as I tend to like extra sweet stuff *I make no excuses :D*  I absolutely LOVE this!  I have a spine that is slowly disintegrating so I can’t stand up for long periods of time, but this was so simple I made it in two sessions.  My yogurt never tasted better and I’ve even taken to eating it for a snack or a quick pick me up.  Thank you thank you thank you so very much for posting this.  Don’t stop sharing your favorite things to fix and eat as there are obviously a ton of us out here that are looking for something new, something tasty, something easy.  You hit it out of the  ballpark with this one.

    I really love that I can customize it to myself depending on what I’m in the mood for.  So simple even I could do it right the first time.  And since coming back to leave a comment and reading the post about using the crock pot to make it, I’m trying that next time.  Pure genius to use that instead of the oven. (Thank you Rebecca 8/26/2013)

    HUGS n BLESSINGS to you Kare ♥

  31. Made this on the weekekend, great recipe. Tastes great.Thanks for sharing .

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