RECIPE

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
Makes 8 servings
Prep time: 10 min
Total time: 25 min

Homemade granola can be a healthy, comforting, and delicious treat. Most of the store-bought stuff is high in sugar, contains unhealthy fats and oils, and is packed full of fillers and unnecessary ingredients.

Whipping up your own at home is super easy, quick, and allows you to control the amount of sugar and quality of ingredients, while also changing things up and adding in the flavors that you love. It also makes your house smell amazing – like you’ve been slaving in the kitchen all day.

Whole oats are full of good-for-you fiber, high in protein, and contain vitamins and minerals like folate, iron, and magnesium. I buy my whole rolled oats in the bulk section at my local grocery store, but if your store doesn’t have a bulk section you’ll probably be able to find them in the baking aisle. Regardless, be sure you are buying 100% pure whole rolled oats, nothing that says “instant” or “quick cooking.” (Instant/quick cooking oats = highly-processed/high-glycemic/highly-bad-for-you.)

Homemade Granola Recipe

I like to use coconut oil because it’s full of nutrients and adds a really nice light flavor to the granola, but you can use any healthy oil you like the taste of. Macadamia nut oil would also be great, I would stay away from olive oil because it has such a strong flavor. Oils high in omega-3 fats, life flaxseed oil, are extremely good for you but should be avoided here as well because they’re meant to be consumed raw and go rancid when heated (omega-3’s don’t like heat at all-don’t cook with them).

I always add nuts and seeds to my homemade granola for flavor, texture, extra nutrients and added healthy protein. A small amount of unsweetened dried fruit is ok too, just make sure it’s unsweetened to keep the sugar content down. Add less sweetener if you add dried fruit.

To sweeten, I prefer organic grade-b maple syrup or raw organic honey. Grade-B maple syrup is actually better than grade-a as it contains more nutrients and slightly less sugar than it’s grade-a counterpart. Local raw organic honey is also a great option, especially if anyone you’re cooking for suffers from seasonal allergies–local raw honey that hasn’t been pasteurized will contain small traces of local pollen that can actually help with allergy issues (a little homemade homeopathy).

Again, go easy on the sweetener to keep the sugar content down. Always avoid white, highly processed sugars and artificial sweeteners–read the labels of the maple syrup and honey and make sure the only ingredients in the bottle are maple syrup (no corn syrup) or honey.

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

This basic recipe below makes about three cups of granola – ½ cup is typically a serving. Serve it as cereal with unsweetened, non-dairy milk (I prefer it with unsweetened almond milk), put it in unsweetened Greek yogurt, or just eat it plain.

Easy Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
 
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Yield: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats (AKA old fashion oats), preferably organic
  • ½ cup raw nuts, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw seeds (sunflower or pumpkin seeds are great)
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey (or a combo of both)
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or other healthy cooking oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or almond extract
  • 1 large pinch fine sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300º F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Use your clean hands to mix well and toss to coat; it will be sticky and messy but that's the fun part. The coconut oil might be solid depending on your climate (it has a melting point of about 75ºF). Your hands will warm it up and melt it into the mixture if it’s solid, just be sure to mix it all through the other ingredients so there aren't any chunks of oil left.
  3. Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes, until very lightly toasted. (To make this recipe completely raw-friendly, dehydrate the mixture 5-6 hours at 115ºF in a food dehydrator instead.)
  4. Cool before serving or storing.
  5. This granola can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks. I keep mine in a mason jar in the refrigerator at home and in a BPA-free plastic bag when traveling.

 

My advice is to get creative! This recipe is flexible and easy to modify. Use any combo of healthy ingredients to make it your own flavor. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Healthy Homemade Maple Almond Granola

  • 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup sliced raw almonds
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (100% real maple syrup)
  • 1 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large pinch fine sea salt

Healthy Homemade Cherry Pecan Granola

  • 2 cups raw, whole rolled oats
  • ½ cup raw pecans, chopped
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cherries, chopped
  • ¼ cup raw sliced almond
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (100% maple syrup, preferably grade-b)
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil (aka coconut butter)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large pinch fine sea salt

P.S. Homemade granola will taste like burnt popcorn if you overcook it; keep it at a low temperature just for a 8-10 minutes to let it come together.

P.P.S. Oats are gluten-free by nature but most are held in facilities that contain gluten. Check the package label if you are concerned with any gluten content.

Enjoy!

109 Comments...
  • Cheyanne Stewart

    Hi everyone I have just joined and would like to know which recipe are your favorites and which recipe do you recommend for breakfast. I’m trying to loose weight as I have a major back injury from my time in the Army and as a result of all my medication I have put on a lot of weight. I hate the fact that the meds I take make me put on weight but I really want to fight that battle and loose weight. Looking forward to reading all your recommendation.

  • Lucchesi Jamie

    I just made it the following way….Toasted nuts…cashews, almonds, walnuts, and sugared roasted peanuts.

    Then I added to a mixture cooked oats/regular oats/wheat germ/chia seed/flax seed

    then I added the sweeteners :maple syrup pure/brown sugar/honey/diced pitted dates/frozen door county cherries…

    Then I added the toasted nuts/spread on cookie sheet, and added more oats to this time a GREASED cookie sheet. It looks ten time better than I did it the first time…

    I almost broke my teeth the first time…

  • WingGirl

    I diced up some apple and baked it in the granola. Yum! I am going to try adding a little cinnamon next time.  

  • Hi. This looks great. Any tips about turning this into a granola bar recipe? Would love to give this to my kids as a snack for school. 

  • Elsa Hart

    Great! Made it tonight- added shredded coconut and puffed rice as well as a few medjool dates and 1 tbsp of honey. Not too sweet – could do with another tbsp of honey (as per recipe)
    I think but still delicious!

  • Drea Cooper

    How many calories per serving?

  • This granola was delicious and just what I’d been searching for – healthy AND easy to make – thank you Elizabeth! :) I have already shared it with friends (and might start making it as little gifts!) 

  • Princess Bella

    Hi!, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. Any idea on its nutritional value ?

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