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

Air Fryer Granola

You can absolutely make this recipe in your air fryer! The only issue is you may need to work in batches. Combine the ingredients and place onto a parchment-lined rack or into the air fryer basket lined with parchment paper. Cook in air fryer for about 15 minutes at 300°F, stirring at least twice.

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

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5 from 2 votes

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!


  • 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.

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Reader Comments

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE GRANOLA! I probably stand alone, but I’d put dates and means in mine. I love dates SO MUCH!

  2. Yum! I’ve been hearing about coconut oil. One of my friends puts it in her girls hot chocolate. Have you picked a name yet? I can’t wait to meet this little guy!

  3. What general section of the store do I look for coconut oil in? I’ve never purchased it.

  4. Oh yuuuuuuum!!! We LOVE homemade granola around here! So tastified~! And thanks for turning me on to Sylvie’s site, too! It truly is fantastic!
    BTW, you are so funny about your end-of-pregnancy nesting thoughts! =-D Can’t wait to hear about your baby’s arrival and see pics!!

  5. 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! 🙂

  6. 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!! 🙂

  7. 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.

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

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