This homemade granola recipe is way better than any shop-bought granola you will find. Perfect for a healthy and filling breakfast!
This is the best easy granola recipe and having a bowl of homemade granola is one of my absolute favorite breakfasts.
One of the things I love when you make your own granola is that you can completely play around with the recipe and add in all your own favourite things.
I have never found a store-bought granola that can come close to how good this healthy homemade granola tastes.
I have spent years playing around with this homemade granola recipe and this is how I like it best. I hope you will enjoy making it your own too!
For example, I like to use cashew nuts and almonds in my granola - but you could easily substitute this with hazelnuts and pistachios if those are your favourites.
I make up a batch of this and keep it in a large cookie jar. It lasts a couple of weeks (except it never does, it always disappears in a few days in our house).
This homemade granola is delicious topped with greek yoghurt and fresh berries, sprinkled over fresh fruit and yoghurt, or scattered over an acai bowl or chia pudding.
You may also like this make ahead breakfast: Overnight Oats with Chia.
Oil in Granola
This healthy granola recipe uses coconut oil. I love the flavour it gives to the granola. But if you don't like the idea of coconut oil granola, you can substitute with any oil you like: olive, avocado, grapeseed, walnut...
Fruit in Granola
You can choose whatever fruit you like in this crunchy granola recipe. I like to use dried cranberries and apricots, but you can literally add any fruit you like.
Dates, raisins, dried mango, dried apple and sour cherries will all work well.
The fruit is added at the end after it has been baked and cooled, and right before you put it into its storage container.
Nuts in Granola
You can add whatever nuts you like to this recipe.
Personally I favor whole cashew nuts and almonds, and I roughly chop them up before adding to the bowl. I have also added pistachios to my granola in the past and they are really yummy in there too.
Pecans or macadamia nuts would be a good addition too. You could also use flaked almonds if you don't want to chop them up first, or just leave them whole.
Of course if you want a no nut granola, then just leave them out all together.
Seeds in Granola
The recipe calls for pepitas (pumpkin seeds), but you could add sunflower seeds, sesames seeds, or any other seeds you have in your store cupboard.
Another great thing about this recipe is it is a refined sugar free granola. The sweetness instead comes from honey and maple syrup.
For this recipe I have chosen to go half/half in quantities for the honey and maple syrup. This is based on my preference after playing around with quantities.
I like to have some honey flavor in my granola, but I don't want it to be overpowering so that is why I mix it up with maple syrup.
If you only have one in the store cupboard, or prefer to just have a honey granola or maple syrup granola - that is fine too!
The quantity is based on how sweet I like my granola. After making the recipe for the first time, you can play around with how much honey and/or maple syrup you add based on how sweet you like it.
If you want to make the egg-free granola, just skip the egg white here. The point of it is to add extra crunch to the granola, but feel free to skip it if you prefer.
Other things to add to a Basic Granola Recipe
The world is your oyster so have fun experimenting with ingredients to add to this simple granola recipe. Some suggestions are:
- Chocolate chips (make sure granola is fully cool before adding)
- Spices: jazz up the flavor with your favourite spice - cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, lemon zest...
- Quinoa flakes: you could choose to go 50/50 oats and quinoa flakes, or any other grain of your choosing, eg. rye flakes, spelt, barley...
Tips for Making Granola
- Using baking paper in your tin will ensure you granola sticks to itself rather than the baking tin.
- For more chunky granola, press it down in the tin after you stir it. Also allow to cool completely before you transfer to the jar.
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- 40 g / 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 60 ml / 2 tablespoon honey
- 60 ml / ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 350 g / 4 cups jumbo rolled oats
- 100 g / 1 cup mixed nuts roughly chopped
- 50 g / ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 50 g / 1 cup coconut flakes
- 1 egg white
- 100 g / 1 cup chopped dried fruit
- Pre-heat the oven to 150C / 300F
- Heat the coconut oil, honey, salt and maple syrup in a saucepan over a low heat to combine. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Mix the oats, nuts, pumpkin seeds, and coconut flakes in a large bowl.
- Stir in the oil/honey/maple syrup mixture.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg white until stiff and stir into granola mixture.
- Line a deep baking tin with baking paper, tip in granola mixture and spread out.
- Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes until golden, stirring once.
- Leave to cool in the tin, then stir in chopped fruit.
- Store in an airtight container.