Do you need a healthy homemade granola recipe? This flaky-clustered granola has rolled oats, steel cut oats, coconut flakes, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax, chia, and hemp. It’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup and has a light, crisp texture. It’s not just granola…it’s an everyday topping!
Easy Homemade Granola Recipe
Homemade granola is as simple as this…dump, stir, press, bake, cool, and scoop!
The hardest part of the entire process is waiting for the granola to cool before breaking it into pieces.
If you like crispy granola, saving money, and being in control of your ingredients, grab my recipe below.
If you’re new to the granola-making game, my easy recipe will give you the foundation to go crazy with ingredient combinations!
How do you make granola healthy?
- Start with whole grains such as rolled oats or steel cut oats, or both, like I did in this recipe.
- Select a natural sweetener such as maple syrup or honey (and skip the refined sugar) to help bind ingredients during the baking process.
- Pick out heart healthy tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or pecans. These add texture, protein, and fiber!
- Toss in superfood seeds like pumpkin, flax, hemp, or chia like I did in this recipe, for extra fiber, protein, and antioxidants.
- Select a heart-healthy oil such as coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.
If you make homemade granola instead of buying it packaged, YOU control your ingredients.
What this really means…you get to skip the excessive amounts of salt and sugar used in the packaging process.
In other words…yay for YOU!
How do you make homemade granola?
1) Combine DRY ingredients in a bowl.
2) Whisk together WET ingredients in a separate bowl.
3) Mix together WET and DRY ingredients and press into a baking pan.
4) Bake the granola; allow to completely cool (the waiting is the hardest part!); then break apart.
5) Rock those add-ins like dried fruit or chocolate.
It really is this simple…and you might even have enough ingredients right inside your pantry to make granola right now. Do it!
What can I do with granola?
My homemade granola recipe is an everyday thing here at casa de TKG. Here’s how you can use it:
- breakfast cereal with milk
- topped over fruit and yogurt breakfast bowl
- crispy ice cream topping
- turn it into trail mix
- ingredient for baked goods (cookies, muffins, brownies)
- smoothie topping
How do you store homemade granola?
I store my granola in an airtight container in the pantry.
Can I refrigerate granola?
When you refrigerate granola, it can absorb moisture and fridge odors…we’re not down with this.
Can I freeze granola?
Freezing granola can also cause it to absorb moisture and freezer odors, so if you must do it, I recommend using a vacuum sealer to package your granola first.
In fact, just go ahead and eat the stuff because you know you want to…and you can make more, because it’s so easy!
How long does homemade granola last?
It all depends on your storage environment…uhm, and how delicious it is 😉
If granola is exposed to humidity, it can mold rather quickly. Bummer!
When stored in an airtight container in a dry environment, homemade granola can stay optimal for weeks, maybe even a few months.
I’ll be honest though, it usually doesn’t last that long because we can’t keep our hands off the stuff!
Homemade granola ingredients:
- extra virgin olive oil
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- rolled and steel cut oats
- coconut flakes
- raw pumpkin seeds
- flax seed
- chia seed
- hemp seed (also called hemp hearts)
- bowl to mix dry ingredients
- bowl to mix wet ingredients
- 9 x 13 baking sheet
- pancake turner to press granola
- airtight container
Wanna make the best granola?
Practice and experiment!
That’s exactly what I did to finalize this recipe…I’ve made it countless times.
And this is just ONE granola recipe to get you started, or add to your awesome collection.
Check out this good read on Bon Appétit about how to make perfect granola…great pointers!