Granola is one of those pantry items that you can find yourself reaching for throughout the day. Used as a topping on your morning smoothie bowl, part of a yogurt parfait for the kids afterschool snack or tossed in a bowl with milk in the evening – it’s a hit with both adults and kids alike. Making it at home not only saves you money, it allows you to customize it to your own liking and control the ingredients.
Wholesome and Customizable
The base of this recipe is rolled oats, providing whole grains and plenty of fiber. The nuts contribute protein, fiber and healthy fats and the dried fruits provide little pops of sweet and chewy. This granola recipe uses small amounts of natural sweeteners, honey and pure maple syrup. If you want to further reduce the sugar content, eliminate the honey, using only the ¼ cup of maple syrup and reduce the dried fruit to a ¼ cup. This slashes the sugar content in half. The resulting granola is less rich but still retains a hint of sweet and the same satisfying crunch!
This recipe works with any variety of nuts and dried fruits, allowing you to create a family favorite or change it up on a whim. Cinnamon, almond and raisins is a classic favorite while cranberry cashew or blueberry pecan are great combinations to try. Adding warm spices like cinnamon, or even ginger or nutmeg add complexity to the flavor.
The best part of this recipe is that it is compiled from pantry staples and can be made in minutes any time the need arises! Making your own ensures you end up with a wholesome granola devoid of any additives, preservatives or unwanted fillers.
Easy Homemade Granola
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts (ex: almonds, cashews, pecans, walnuts)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup dried fruits (ex: cranberries, blueberries, cherries, apricots, prunes, etc.)
- 1/2 cup chopped dates or raisins
- sprinkle salt
- In a large bowl combine oats, coconut, nuts, chia seeds and cinnamon. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together honey and maple syrup and stir to combine. Pour maple honey mixture over oat mixture and stir thoroughly to evenly coat.
- Turn oven on to broil.
- Line a sheet tray with parchment or baking mat. Spread oat mixture evenly over sheet tray and sprinkle sparingly with kosher salt.
- Place in the oven 4-6 inches form the broiler. Broil 2-3 minutes and check oats. Once they are lightly browned, remove from oven, stir mixture to expose uncooked areas and return to broil. Broil another 2-3 minutes, stir again and continuing broiling until oat mixture is evenly browned (but not too dark) and smells slightly toasted. Watch mixture carefully to ensure it does not burn. Total broil time is 8-12 minutes depending on broiler temperature and the distance of the pan from the heat source.
- Remove sheet tray from oven and while granola is still warm, add dates and dried fruits. Mix lightly.
- Let cool completely, approximately a half hour. Once fully cooled, break granola up into small pieces and store in a jar or airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy!