Homemade Granola

filed under: Food + Drink on March 11, 2011

Homemade Granola is both easy to make and cost-efficient, let alone super crunchy and tasty, and is perfect in yogurt, milk, and a topping for ice cream! Add granola to my Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter recipe.

Homemade Granola

Granola is a mixture of sweetened toasted oats mixed with raisins and dried fruit. It is a wonderful snack or breakfast food. Making your own homemade granola insures you know what ingredients are in the granola, as well as adding your favorite dried fruit to the mix.

Jar of Homemade Granola and Spoonful Spilling Out

Homemade Granola Ingredients

Oats: I used both old-fashioned oats and quick oats in this recipe. The old-fashioned oats give the granola mix a heartier texture.

Cinnamon: A couple of teaspoons of cinnamon give the granola added flavor.

Maple Syrup: Real Maple syrup sweetens the granola as well as helps hold it together.

Coconut Oil: Adding coconut oil to homemade granola gives it some added fat so you don’t end up with super-dry oats. When you buy coconut oil,  look for it in its solid form. You can stir it into granola in the solid form, but I often heat it slightly so that it turns to liquid (making it a bit easier to incorporate). I cannot taste any coconut in the granola.

Turbinado Sugar: Turbinado Sugar is a sugar that would fall between granulated sugar and light brown sugar in both color and flavor. It has a yellowish-brown color and with some molasses content left in the turbinado sugar (which gives it the color), it will provide a slight butterscotch flavor and has larger and coarser grains. If you can’t find turbinado sugar, you can use granulated sugar for the granola mixture.

Dried Fruit: I used a combination of raisins and craisins in this recipe. You could use all raisins or all of your favorite kind of dried fruit. Or, leave it out altogether.

Hand Pouring Vanilla into Raw Ingredients for Homemade Granola

How to Make Homemade Granola

Once you make your own granola, you will want to make it to have on hand often! To make the granola, first, combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread out the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 250°F (yes, a low temperature) for 30 minutes. Then, stir the granola and bake an additional 15-30 minutes, or until the mixture is mostly dry (it may still feel a bit soft).

Remove the granola from the oven and let it rest for at least 45 minutes, to an hour. This will allow the granola to harden and get the crispy texture it is known for.

Spoonful of Homemade Granola on Baking Pan

How to Store Homemade Granola

Once the granola has been baked, be sure to let it cool completely before storing (otherwise it could get soggy).  Store cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months. Keep it in a cool, dry place.

You can also freeze granola. To freeze it, again, let it cool completely. Then,  store it in freezer-safe containers (like a freezer-safe zipped bag). Label and date the container; it is best when stored for about 3 months, but can be stored longer (it just might not be quite as great).

Jar Spilling Out Homemade Granola

What to Eat with Granola

Now that you have a batch of crunchy deliciousness, what are some ways you can enjoy homemade granola?

  • Eat is as-is, right out of the container
  • With milk, added to a bowl of cereal
  • In yogurt
  • Add it to pancake batter for added crunch
  • Add to oatmeal
  • In ice cream
  • Mix into muffin batter
  • Top a salad
  • Top a dessert, like cheesecake
  • Use it in trail mix

Bowl of Yogurt with Homemade Granola in it and a White Spoon

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5 from 1 vote
Homemade Granola
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Resting Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins

Homemade Granola is both easy to make and cost-efficient, let alone super crunchy and tasty, and is perfect in yogurt, milk, and a topping for ice cream!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Granola
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 2 cups (180g) old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups (180g) quick-cooking oats
  • 2-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup (157g) pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup (109g) coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 -2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, or granulated sugar
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup dried fruit of choice, like dried blueberries or Pomegranate Craisins
  1. Preheat oven to 250°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.

  3. Spread the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and bake for thirty minutes. Remove and stir gently. Then, put the granola back in the oven for 15-30 minutes, or until mostly dry.

  4. Remove from oven and let sit out for at least one hour.
  5. Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.

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  • Amanda Rettke says:

    In my grocery store we have an organic/natural foods section, and that is where I found it.  I know Amazon sells it as well! 🙂

  • In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Oh great! That’s where I’ll start. My grocery has a large organic section so I’m hoping I can find it there. Btw, I’ve become a huge fan of coconut lately! I love Silk COconut Milk. I’ve been using it as coffee creamer. It’s only 90 cal per 1 cup and it’s a sweet treat. ♥- Katrina PS- SOO EXCITED TO WELCOME YOUR BABY!! 🙂

  • scatterbrain says:

    HI Amanda!
    As a person who comes from the original land of coconuts – Kerala. Let me caution you on coconut oil. Pure organic coconut oil spoils easily if not stored well. It gives out a rancid smell and tastes funny. This is why most coconut oil brands add some kind of preservative. If your coconut oil doesn’t taste funny in a months time or maybe a little more since your place might not be as hot as South India, then you will know for sure that it is not as organic and pure as you thought it to be.
    p.s As a kid I used to help my grandma dry our coconut on the terraced roof and take it to the mill to make oil.

  • woman says:

    Looks Yummy. Great recipe – thanks for sharing some of the culinary delights.

  • Guy says:

    This is cool! I’ll definitely try this and add up to my breakfast meals if it will be a success. Thanks much!

  • Anna says:

    I absolutely love homemade granola! I’ll have to try your recipe 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    That looks delicious and I LOVE granola. I’m starting to feel like myself again and really want to get back into baking. This is definatly going on the list of things to make!

  • Kelly Crawford says:

    It’s just so amazing how coconut oil works in many ways. Aside from the fact that it can be used in cooking, it can also be applied on skin and hair. I really love coconut oil! I got mine from http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/ By the way, thanks for this granola recipe. I will surely try it this weekend!

  • Kisha says:

    I too am obsessed with granola, and I am always trying to find a better one. Okay so I actually posted just say that I can see exactly why you almost cried. I just pulled my pan of granola out of the oven and as I looked at it, all I could say to myself was “SHUT UP”!!! I even couldn’t resist tasting it hot because of all of those beautiful golden clusters. Needless to say, but I don’t think I’ll be looking for anymore granola recipes, because this has to be the best one on earth=))). Thank you so much for this delicious recipe.

    • Amanda says:

      Love it. 🙂

  • Debbie says:

    I have had this recipe bookmarked forever and finally got around to making it today. It is so good! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!

  • Bethany says:

    This tastes like oatmeal raisin cookies in granola form to me! But of course it’s healthier, right? — so I can eat it with no shame 😉 I used honey instead of syrup and only about 3/4 the amount. Delicious recipe!

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