This homemade granola recipe is super simple and easy! Plus, it’s healthy and filling thanks to ingredients like maple syrup, almonds, and oats. Serve your homemade granola over yogurt, oatmeal, or just by the handful!
Last month, my husband’s friend gave him a sample of some homemade granola he made. Since then, we have been on a granola kick! If you have never made a homemade granola recipe before, you have to give it a try.
Besides being super easy, you really have a lot of control over what goes into it. We have a lot of fun experimenting with different ingredients and flavors too!
Ingredients in my Homemade Granola Recipe
Oats – Old fashioned oats are the base for granola. You will find pretty much every granola recipe starts off this way. Don’t buy quick cooking oats, they aren’t the same and won’t work for this granola recipe.
Nuts – From here, you can add almonds, pecans, sunflower seeds, walnuts, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), cashews and more.
Fats – To help your granola cook and crisp add a fat like butter, olive or coconut oil.
More mix ins – After your granola has baked, you can add some dried fruit if you would like such as cranberries, raisins, banana chips, apple chips, coconut flakes, etc. After your granola has cooled off you could mix in chocolate chips or cocoa powder.
Spices & Flavors – I like to add cinnamon, just a little bit. You don’t want to go overboard because too much cinnamon is overpowering. The spices and flavors give your granola some depth in flavor. You could also try brown sugar, almond extract, honey, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, etc.
What’s so great about making homemade granola is that it’s completely versatile. You can change it up to your liking and just use my homemade granola recipe as a starting point or guide. In fact, most of the time, I never make it the same.
How to Make Homemade Granola
Be sure to scroll down because I have a printable recipe for you with ingredients and instructions.
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk maple syrup, and vanilla extract until combined. Add the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, dates, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until the dry ingredients are lightly coated in the mixture.
- Spread the granola into a thin, uniform layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet into the pre-heated oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and give the granola a good stir. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes before stirring again. If necessary, return to oven for another 5 minutes or until the oats are golden brown. Do not overcook or the granola may become bitter.
- Remove from oven and cool completely. The granola will become nice and crispy as it cools. Once cooled, serve with Greek yogurt and fresh blueberries or sliced bananas. Enjoy!
How to Enjoy Homemade Granola
- Homemade granola is perfect for a snack throughout the day,
- to take on the road trip to fuel you up
- or even as a simple breakfast (I like to add some milk and fresh fruit).
- Mixed in with plain or vanilla greek yogurt and some fruit like blueberries or bananas and then a few heaping spoonfuls of granola.
- It’s a great topping to our favorite yogurt bark too.
- Top a fruit crisp such as apple or peach with some granola.
How to Keep Your Granola Fresh
After you let your granola cool off, store it in an airtight container. Homemade granola will last only about 2 weeks.
- 3 T. unsalted butter, melted
- 3 T. pure maple syrup
- 1 t. pure vanilla extract
- 1¼ c. rolled oats
- ¼ c. slivered almonds
- ¼ c. sunflower seeds
- 1 t. ground cinnamon
- ¼ t. salt
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat.
- Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the melted butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until combined.
- Add the oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, and salt.
- Stir until the dry ingredients are lightly coated in the butter mixture.
- Spread the granola into a thin, uniform layer.
- Place the baking sheet into the pre-heated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and give the granola a good stir.
- Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes before stirring again.
- If necessary, return to oven for another 5 minutes or until the oats are golden brown.
- Do not overcook or the granola may become bitter.
- Remove your granola from the oven and cool completely.
- The granola will become nice and crispy as it cools.
Serve your homemade granola with yogurt, oatmeal or as a snack!
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