My favorite granola of all time was the granola from Strawberry Fields in Urbana, IL. I would eat it plain as a snack, in a bowl of milk for breakfast, on ice cream, French toast, yogurt, etc. It was so good! Now I make my own granola and I can make it with all of my favorite things. Making homemade granola isn’t difficult at all, and only takes 30 minutes from start to finish.
The great thing about making this yourself is that you can control the amount of sugar, spices and other ingredients. Feel free to add in things like coconut, dried berries or raisins, and even chocolate chips. It’s so fun to make it your own! If adding berries or chocolate, be sure to add those after the granola has baked and cooled.
How to Make Homemade Granola
In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, nuts and seeds and spices and give it a stir. Add the coconut oil, honey and vanilla and mix until everything is combined. Pour it onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown, stirring halfway through.
The granola will still be soft when you take it out of the oven. As it cools it will harden up. Then you can use your hands or a spatula to break it up into small clumps.
This homemade granola will keep in an airtight container for up to one month.
Homemade GranolaCourse: Dessert, Breakfast, SnacksDifficulty: Easy
Healthy with just a touch of sweetness, this homemade granola is the perfect snack.
Oats 2 cups
Mixed Nuts, roughly chopped 2/3 cup
Sunflower Seeds 1/3 cup
Pepitas (pumpkin seeds) 1/3 cup
Cinnamon 1/2 tsp
Cardamom 1/4 tsp
Salt 1/4 tsp
Coconut Oil, melted 1/4 cup
Honey 1/3 cup
Vanilla 1 tsp
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, cardamom and salt. Stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and and honey.
- Pour the coconut oil, honey and vanilla over the oat mixture and stir to combine.
- Pour onto the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Cool. Break up into small chunks and store in a sealed glass jar for up to a month.
- I used sliced almonds, cashews and walnuts but feel free to use your favorite nuts.
- To make this vegan, use agave or maple syrup in place of the honey.
- If adding chocolate chips or dried fruits, make sure you don’t add them until the granola has cooled.