The Last Granola Recipe You’ll Ever Need

What’s your excuse for not making homemade granola? Do you think it will be hard? Afraid it won’t taste as good as store-bought? Think you don’t have the right ingredients on hand?

I’m tackling those excuses head-on with this super easy, healthy, family pleasing homemade granola recipe that you can customize with whatever ingredients you happen to have in your pantry!

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Why Homemade Granola Is So Much Better

homemade granola coming out of jar lightened

Here’s why homemade granola is better than store-bought:

  • It’s healthier – Store-bought granola can be very high in sugar and may contain unhealthy oils or other surprising ingredients. When you make your own granola, you have control over the amount and type of sugar, the type of oil and all of the other ingredients.
  • It’s cheaper – Specialty granola can cost $8 – $12 per bag but the ingredients to make homemade granola are much less expensive.

The Beauty of Customizable Granola

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When you make your own granola you can customize each batch based on the ingredients you have on hand and your family’s personal preferences and dietary needs.

Start with a base of rolled oats and then add whatever combination of nuts, fruits and other mix-ins you choose, plus healthy oils and sweeteners.

Homemade Granola – Dry Ingredients

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Along with the rolled oats, you can mix in any of the following dry ingredients to your granola:

  • almonds, walnuts, cashews or other nuts
  • flaxseed meal, wheat germ, hemp hearts or chia seeds
  • dried coconut, dried apricots, dried cherries or other dried fruit

Homemade Granola – Wet Ingredients

granola wet ingredients

Homemade granola can be made with your choice of oils (coconut, avocado, olive oil) and sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar), as well as nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter or others). This recipe is perfect for using up odds and ends in your pantry.

Customizable Granola Recipe

homemade granola in mixing bowl

Here is the basic recipe for a customizable homemade granola:

  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 3 cups nuts, seeds or other add-ins
  • 1 cup honey, maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup nut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dried fruit

Homemade Granola – Step 1

dry ingredients for granola in bowl

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts and any other dry ingredients you are using (nuts, wheat germ, hemp hearts etc…)

Homemade Granola – Step 2

wet ingredients for granola on stove

In a small saucepan, mix together the oils, nut butters and your sweetener of choice. Heat on low until everything is melted. Turn off heat and add vanilla and the salt. Pour sweetened mixture over dry ingredients and stir until thoroughly coated.

Homemade Granola – Step 3

homemade granola on baking pan

Spread mixture onto 2 rimmed baking sheets. Spray pans with cooking spray first or use parchment paper.  

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until nicely browned.  Important:  Stir every 5 to 10 minutes to ensure even cooking. 

Homemade Granola – Step 4

homemade granola on wooden tray

Let granola cool, then mix in the dried fruit (apricots, apples, ginger, cherries etc…)

Enjoy Your Homemade Granola

homemade granola in jar

Store granola in an airtight container for up to 2 months or freeze in airtight freezer bags. Makes approximately 13 cups or 26 1/2 cup servings. Enjoy!!

Get the full granola recipe on Customizable Homemade Granola

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