Easy Homemade Granola Recipe

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Homemade granola is delicious, so easy to make, and is customizable to your exact tastes.  Feel free to play around with this basic granola recipe to create an amazing breakfast treat that you and your whole family will love.

Sheet pan full of homemade granola and a white bowl with greek yogurt, granola, and three slices of peaches on a white marble surface.  Text overlay reads "Homemade Granola."

Some things are worth making at home, and some are not.  Homemade granola is one of the things that absolutely is worth the minimal time and effort to get a superior, less expensive product.

White bowl filled with greek yogurt, homemade granola, and three slices of peach, sitting on a white marble surface next to a silver spoon.

Who could resist a breakfast that looks like that?  Not me, that's for sure.  The whole family absolutely loves homemade granola.

Ingredients for homemade granola recipe measured out and sitting on a baking sheet.

I based my recipe on Alton Brown's granola recipe, but have tweaked it to fit my own preferences.  That's one of the lovely things about granola: you can riff and experiment and change the flavors around and it will still work wonderfully.

Basic Homemade Granola Recipe:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 4 cups oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (honey or agave syrup also works)

Optional Granola Ingredients:

Dry ingredients for Granola Recipe in a bowl, with wet ingredients for the homemade granola combined in a second bowl next to the first.  Both bowls sit in an empty baking sheet.

Mix together the dry ingredients, and the wet ingredients separately.  If you don't have maple syrup, I've also used honey and agave syrup successfully.  You can also use coconut oil or vegetable oil instead of olive oil.  I told you the recipe is really versatile!

Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

unbaked homemade granola in a sheet pan on a white marble surface.

Spread on a half sheet pan and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring every 15 minutes.

Sheet pan filled with homemade granola on a white marble surface.

Let the granola cool, and then store it however you'd like.  I usually just put it in a large ziplock bag, but you could easily put it in canisters or other containers.  My girls love dried fruit by itself, but don't particularly enjoy it in granola, but I do occasionally add freeze dried fruit to the mix.  There's something about the light crunch of the freeze dried fruit that works especially well with homemade granola.

If you prefer your granola to stick together in chunks, try the brilliant stolen granola technique!

Printable Easy Granola Recipe

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Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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