This is one of our base recipes. Homemade granola is not only easy, but it's so delicious too! When you make your own, you get to control the ingredients, including the amount of sugar added (storebought granola usually has way too much). Use this base recipe as a guide, and then play with the ingredients to make it your own!
- ¼ cup natural liquid sweetener (honey, agave, or maple syrup)
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 2-3 cups nuts (sliced, chopped, or halved)
- 1 cup dried fruit
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the sweetener, oil, brown sugar, and salt.
Add the oats and nuts to the bowl. Using a spatula, stir until well-combined.
Spread granola in an even layer on one or two baking sheets (depending on the size). Cook for 1 hour. If possible, stir every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.
Remove from oven and stir one more time. Add dried fruit. Once cool, store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. Enjoy!
Granola can be kept for at least 2 weeks.
Need some inspiration? Swap out some ingredients in these fun variations or play with different nuts and dried fruits to make it your own!
Blueberry Vanilla: Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the honey/oil mixture, and use 1 cup dried blueberries.
Cinnamon Almond: Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to the honey/oil mixture, 2 cups of sliced almonds for the nuts, and leave out the dried fruit.
Coconut Cashew: Use 2 cups of halved cashews for the nuts and 1 cup of coconut flakes for the dried fruit.
Peanut Butter Banana: Replace the canola oil with 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter. Use 2 cups of roasted peanuts for the nuts and 1 cup dried bananas for the dried fruit.