Homemade Granola Base Recipe

This is one of our base recipes. Homemade granola is not only easy, but it’s delicious too! When you make your own, you get to control the ingredients, including the amount of sugar added (store bought granola usually has way too much!). Use this granola base recipe as a guide, and then play with the ingredients to make it your own!

Must-Know Cooking Skills

For recipe success, learn how to:

Measure Wet vs. Dry Ingredients
Measure Brown Sugar

Culinary Tips for the Best Homemade Granola

This recipe calls for 2 Tablespoons –  ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup oil, and ¼ cup natural liquid sweetener. Measure the ingredients in that order to make clean-up easier! Technically, you should use a liquid measuring cup, but dry measuring cups will work in this case. Measure the brown sugar first; it needs to be measured in a clean cup, otherwise it will stick to the bottom. Then, by measuring the oil before the liquid sweetener, the liquid sweetener will just slide right out!

While we prefer rolled or old fashioned oats, you can make this granola recipe with quick oats too!

A 13 x 18 baking sheet will hold a full batch of granola. Any smaller, and you will need two pans. Spreading the granola out thinly allows it to cook evenly and get nice and crunchy!

Cook the granola until golden, but don’t expect it to be hard when you remove it from the oven. It will harden as it cools. 

Be sure to stir and re-spread the granola immediately after you remove it from the oven, otherwise it will stick to the pan. If you prefer chunkier granola, cook the mixture on parchment paper, don’t stir it while it cooks, and allow it to cool slightly before stirring once removed from the oven.

You don’t have to stir the granola every 15 minutes. If you’re like us, you have crazy toddlers or kids running around, and you don’t want to be stuck near your oven, so just let it cook! It will still brown nicely and taste delicious.

Add the dried fruit once the granola cools to prevent it from hardening.

If you have kids, let them help you with this recipe! It’s very kid-friendly.

Base Recipe Variations

Remember that this is a base recipe, so the goal is for you to customize it to your taste! The recipe is very forgiving. Think outside the (granola) box!

Want your granola vegan? Don’t use honey.

Prefer a higher protein granola? Add more nuts in place of oats.

Looking for a granola recipe without nuts? Replace the nuts with more oats.

Need some granola inspiration?

Check out our other healthy granola recipe variations!

Banana Bread Granola

Vanilla Almond Granola

Almond Butter Granola

Blueberry Granola

Maple Pecan Granola

Equipment Recommendations for the Best Granola

You just need a few simple pieces of kitchen equipment for this recipe!

Is Granola Healthy?

Granola can definitely be part of a healthy diet. The star ingredients in this crunchy granola recipe are oats, nuts, and dried fruit.


Oats are whole grains, making them rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Any variety of oats provide a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus. (1, 2)


Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. Almonds and pecans are high in monounsaturated fats which are good for heart health. Walnuts contain healthy omega-3 fats.

Dried Fruit & Less Sugar

Dried fruit contains carbohydrates, vitamins, and antioxidants. The sugar in most dried fruit is naturally occurring and is paired with fiber and other plant compounds, making it a healthier option than refined sugars and sweets. (3) For optimal nutrition, choose unsulphured and unsweetened varieties, such as raisins, dates, or figs.

While this recipe does call for natural sweeteners, the amount used only adds up to 1 teaspoon (4 grams) per 1/4 cup serving of granola.

Serving Suggestions for Homemade Granola

This simple granola recipe is great for an easy breakfast, a satisfying snack, or even a healthy dessert!

  • Top a yogurt parfait made with plain yogurt and fresh fruit
  • Garnish a smoothie bowl
  • Sprinkle on top of peanut butter coated apples or bananas
  • Eat by itself for a tasty, balanced snack!

How to Store Granola

Homemade granola will keep for at least a month in an airtight container at room temperature.

Want more healthy oat recipes?

Do you love oats as much as we do? Check out our other favorite base recipes made with oats!

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Baked Oatmeal Cups Base Recipe

Overnight Oats Base Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Homemade Granola
Homemade Granola Base Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Homemade granola is super easy. Once you make it, you will never buy store bought again! Oats, nuts, oil, a little sweetener, & dried fruit is all it takes!

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Yield: 6 cups
  • 2 Tablespoons – ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup natural liquid sweetener (honey, agave, or maple syrup)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2-3 cups raw nuts (sliced, chopped, or halved)
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  1. Preheat oven to 250° F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, liquid sweetener, and salt.

  3. Add the oats and nuts to the bowl. Using a spatula, stir until well-combined.

  4. Spread granola in an even layer on one or two baking sheets (depending on the size). Cook for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes to achieve an even color.*

  5. Remove from oven and stir one more time. Add dried fruit. Once cool, store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*The granola will still turn out delicious if you don’t stir it every 15 minutes. It just won’t brown as evenly. 


Cook the granola until golden, but don’t expect it to be hard when you remove it from the oven. It will harden as it cools. 



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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. WineGuy22

    I could eat this every day! Especially good with cinnamon or dried blueberries or cherries.

    1. Love the addition of cinnamon, and even other spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, etc! I think my family keeps almost every kind of dried fruit on hand; blueberries and cherries included 🙂

  2. RecipeFollower#1

    I love this recipe! I have been using it for years and you are right! Once you make your own, you will never get store-bought again. It’s super easy, turns out great every time, and I love how I can use it as a base and change it up every now and then if I feel like it by adding a little vanilla or cinnamon. But I usually stick with this base using maple syrup. I don’t always have the dried fruit in my pantry, and it’s great without that too. It is so good on my yogurt parfaits and my son loves to just snack on it by itself. Thank you for this one!

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