This homemade granola recipe is more than just healthy. It’s easy. And it tastes great. It also works as a blueprint for a basic granola that you can jazz up in a myriad of different ways.
A raisin, a peanut, and an oat sit down, and order drink. The bartender says, “Hey! What do you think this is? A granola bar?”
Geddit? A granola bar? Because this post is all about making granola at home?
Come on, bestie. You know you found that funny.
It’s fine, you don’t have to admit it to me. But deep down in your heart, you know you smiled.
What is granola?
Granola is a breakfast food (that’s also used as a snack) consisting of oats, nuts, and sweeteners that have been baked together. It’s sometimes confused with muesli, which is similar but usually not baked. I usually treat any granola I’ve made at home the same as I would any cereal – as a breakfast option with milk, occasionally with a bit of fruit too. Or I just grab a quick handful when I’m feeling peckish in-between meals.
(Or *ahem* late at night…while I’m secretly watching reality tv shows.)
Why you should make homemade granola
Let’s keep it real. This homemade granola recipe is going to be way cheaper than buying storebought granola…and you know what else? I think it tastes better too.
This definitely beats out your regular cereal breakfast. It’s certainly not as healthy as you can get, but with a balanced diet, this makes for a good combination of healthy while tasty.
Quick & Easy
It’s going to take you 10 minutes of actual work. Well, I use the word “work” loosely, this is a recipe for easy homemade granola, after all! (But seriously, 10 minutes of work, and then you toss it into the oven. And then you eat.)
Not everyone feels this way, but I love it when a recipe is adaptable. And this is a prime example of one. If you fancy a chocolate chip granola, go ahead a throw in one cup of chocolate chips. If you prefer raisins, then this probably isn’t the site for you. Okay, okay, I’m kidding. You can throw in raisins, if that’s what does it for you. See? Adaptable.
Once you’ve prepared your granola, you can store it in an airtight container for up to a month. If you happen to have mason jars, then you should know that homemade granola and mason jars are basically soulmates.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! You can use whole almonds for this recipe, especially if time is a factor. However, chopping the almonds beforehand results in a nicer bite (…because you don’t have to worry about chewing a mouthful of whole almonds.)
Store your homemade granola in an airtight container at room temperature. It will last up to a month. Granola freezes very well. Store it in an airtight container before placing it in the freezer. It can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before enjoying.
Because this is a chunkier granola, you can use it as a breakfast or as a snack. Personally, I enjoy it more as a breakfast cereal with chocolate chips and some almond milk. Sometimes, I’ll top it with fruits (think: blueberries or strawberries).
If you want to use it as a snack, toss it into a plastic baggie, and you’re good to go! You can even add chocolate chips or *shudder* raisins to your snack bag if you want to.
More breakfast recipes
Not feeling like making your own batch of granola today? That’s cool. Here are a few other breakfast recipes to check out:
- Fluffy Japanese Pancakes
- Lemon Blueberry Scones
- Cheesy Oeufs en Cocotte
- Orange-Blueberry Smoothie
- Mushroom Omelette with Chevre, Cherry Tomatoes, & Sausage
This is a ridiculously simple recipe. So, uh…here’s a t-shirt.
This recipe for easy homemade granola doesn’t take much work, but products a fair amount of meals. If you give it a try, let me know what you think. Otherwise, tell me about what you like in your morning granola! (When I’m feeling fancy, I add dark chocolate bits, and freeze-dried raspberries).
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Easy Homemade Granola
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 10 cups 1x
Easy homemade granola recipe that’s cheap, healthy, and great way to start your day!
- ½ cup oil
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 6 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup coconut
- 1 cup wheat germ
- 1 cup almonds, chopped
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- ½ cup All-bran cereal
- 1 egg white
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
- In a medium sized sauce pan warm oil, honey, brown sugar, water, and vanilla over low heat. Do not boil.
- Heat until sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.
- In a separate bowl mix together all the dry ingredients: old fashioned oats, coconut, wheat germ, chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, and bran.
- When honey mixture has cooled, beat whisk egg white until frothy (this should take 20-30 seconds of heavy hand whisking). Add egg white to honey mixture and stir.
- Pour honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir until incorporated.
- Spread granola on parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown.
- Take granola out of the oven and do not stir or disturb until completely cooled (this is how you get that chunky granola!). Enjoy!
Pro Tip: Make the honey mixture first so you can prepare the other items while it’s cooling.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: easy granola, homemade granola, easy homemade granola, how to make granola
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