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!

Is Granola Healthy?

Granola can definitely be part of a healthy diet. Oats and nuts are the star ingredients in this crunchy granola recipe. Oats are whole grains, making them rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and minerals. Nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fat. 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. Depending on the dried fruit you choose, the amount of added sugar per serving could increase, so aim to use no-added-sugar varieties, such as raisins, dates, or figs.

Culinary Tips

  • 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 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. Watch Chef V and her 4 year old son, Enzo, in action!

Variations

As we mentioned before, this is one of our base recipes, so it is designed to be varied. 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. The recipe is very forgiving. Think outside the (granola) box!

Need some culinary inspiration? Check out these fun variations of healthy granola recipes!

Maple Pecan Granola
Blueberry Granola

Serving Suggestions

  • 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!

Storage

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

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Homemade Granola
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
Servings: 6 cups
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  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 a Ziploc bag or 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.

 

Stored in an airtight container or bag, granola can be kept for at least 1 month.

 

 

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This Post Has 2 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 🙂

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