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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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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!
- 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
Preheat oven to 250°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.
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.
Remove from oven and let sit out for at least one hour.
Store in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place.