This Granola recipe is crunchy, toasty, and just slightly sweet, plus it’s full of nutrients and fiber, making it the perfect cereal to start your day or as a mid-day snack to give you some fuel later on.
Easy Homemade Granola Recipe
With a base of sliced almonds and oats, this Homemade Granola is crunchy and crispy and has become a healthy pantry staple in my house. I love keeping it on hand as it’s easy to turn into a filling breakfast – either as cereal with milk or mixed with yogurt – and it’s also a wonderful snack to keep in your bag when you’re out running errands and may not have time to stop for lunch.
What is Granola?
Granola is made with rolled oats, nuts, sweeteners like honey, and other mix-ins like seeds, raisins, or chocolate. It’s often enjoyed as a cereal with milk but can also be added to yogurt or enjoyed by the handful as a snack.
Is Granola Good for You?
It depends entirely on the ingredients of the granola. Some are similar to a trail mix, with lots of sugar, while others are on the healthy side, like this granola recipe I’m sharing today.
This is not an overly sweet granola but is great for snacking guilt-free. I think it is just about perfect with the raisins or another fruit but if you’d like it sweeter you can add another 1/4 to 1/3 cup of honey or maple syrup. If you want to go with less sugar in the recipe you can use unsweetened coconut flakes instead of the sweetened coconut.
Here’s what you need for this healthy homemade granola recipe.
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- Oats – Stick with rolled (old fashioned) oats for this recipe, not instant/quick oats.
- Coconut oil – Coats the ingredients and stops it from burning.
- Honey & maple syrup – You can change the flavor subtly by using all honey or all maple syrup instead of the combination in the recipe.
- Vanilla – For flavor.
- Sliced almonds & walnuts – Adds a nutty flavor and lots of crunch.
- Shredded coconut – For sweetness and a light coconut flavor.
- Whole trilogy health seeds – The trilogy seeds add a wonderful, nutty taste and also many healthy benefits. If you can’t find them, see variations below.
- Raisins – We love raisins and they’re perfect in granola, but you can swap them out for other dried fruits. See suggestions below.
- Salt – For flavor, so the taste of the granola isn’t “flat.”
Variations & Substitutions
My favorite change to this granola cereal is to substitute or simply add my favorite dried fruits such as chopped apricots, cranberries, dates, blueberries, papaya, mango, or pineapple. Whichever fruit you choose, be sure to add it after the granola is baked and cooled for best results.
Many of the other ingredients can be swapped, substituted, or added as well. Here are a few ideas.
- Coconut oil: You can substitute butter, salted or unsalted, for the coconut oil in this recipe.
- Honey: You can substitute maple syrup or agave nectar for a slightly different flavor.
- Maple syrup: You can also use honey or agave nectar though it will change the flavor slightly.
- Almonds: I used sliced almonds, but you can also use roughly chopped whole almonds as well.
- Walnuts: You can use pecans as well in this recipe.
- Whole Trilogy Health Seeds: The trilogy health seeds include a combination of flax, chia, and hemp seeds. They are healthy and work well in this recipe. In fact, you won’t even notice they are there! If you don’t have the trilogy, you can substitute flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp, sunflower seeds, or even pumpkin seeds.
- Raisins: You can substitute your favorite dried fruit for the raisins (such as chopped apricots, cranberries, dates, blueberries, papaya, mango or pineapple.)
How to Make Homemade Granola
This granola cereal is made with just a few simple steps.
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- Make the granola mixture. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave then stir in the honey, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour over the oats in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the remaining ingredients except for the raisins and stir until everything is evenly combined.
- Bake. Spread the mixture onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned.
- Cool. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 1 hour. Stir and add the raisins. Transfer to an airtight container.
How Long Will Homemade Granola Last?
Be sure to cool your granola completely and then store it in an airtight container or bag in a cool, dry spot. It will last for up to 6 months, depending on how fresh your nuts and seeds are when you use them. You can also store this granola in the freezer for even longer than 6 months, but be sure to store it with as little air as possible. Let it thaw at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before serving.
More Healthy Snack Recipes:
- 6 cups regular rolled (old-fashioned) oats
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
- 1/4 cup walnuts , chopped
- 1/4 cup whole trilogy health seeds (see note below)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a small microwave safe bowl heat the coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted.
- Stir in the honey, maple syrup and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Pour the liquid mixture over the oats and toss or mix until completely coated.
- Stir in the chopped almonds, coconut, chopped walnuts, whole trilogy seeds, and salt until everything is combined.
- Spread the mixture out onto the prepared pans in even layers.
- Put the pans in the oven, on separate racks.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the mixture is lightly browned, rotating the pans halfway through.
- Take out and let sit until completely cooled, about 1 hour. Do not stir until it has completely cooled.
- Add in the raisins and stir to combine.
- Eat right away or store for later. Enjoy with milk as cereal, with yogurt, as a topping for ice cream, or healthy snack.