Homemade granola recipe with steel-cut and rolled oats, coconut, and 4 seeds (chia, flax, hemp, and pepitas). It's maple-sweetened, uses minimal oil, and results in delicate, flaky-clusters. It's not just a healthy granola recipe ... it's a fun topping for all the things!
Homemade Granola is SO easy...really!
Did you know that homemade granola is as simple as dump, stir, press, bake, cool, and scoop? Yep! In fact, the hardest part of the whole process is waiting for the granola to cool before breaking it into pieces.
If you like to save money and be in control of your ingredients, grab this easy granola recipe made with oats, coconut, nuts, chia, hemp seed (hearts), pepitas, and flax seeds.
All the seeds!
If you're new to this, this simple granola recipe will give you the foundation to be the granola BOSS, and then go crazy with other ingredient combinations!
How to make homemade granola
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- Combine maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
- Toss together oats, coconut, almonds, and the 4 seeds in another bowl.
- Fold together wet and dry mixtures and press firmly on a baking sheet.
- Bake 30-40 minutes in preheated 300° oven.
- Remove, allow to cool completely, use a spatula to break apart, and store in an airtight container.
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Healthy granola recipe tips
- Tip #1: Use whole grains such as rolled oats or steel-cut oats, or both, as I did in this recipe.
- Tip #2: Skip the refined sugar and select a natural sweetener such as maple syrup or honey. These will bind ingredients during the baking process.
- Tip #3: Add heart-healthy tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or pecans for added texture, protein, and fiber!
- Tip #4: Add superfood seeds like pepitas, flax, hemp seed (hearts), or chia for extra fiber, protein, and antioxidants. I added all four seeds to this recipe...welcome to 'healthy city'!
- Tip #5: 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!
It really is this simple and you might even have enough ingredients in your pantry to make granola right now. Do it!
Ways to eat homemade granola
- Eat homemade granola as a breakfast cereal with milk.
- Make my fruit and yogurt breakfast bowl that's topped with granola from this very recipe.
- Add interesting texture to your soft ice cream or frozen yogurt by adding a handful of crispy granola.
- Add homemade granola to your trail mix and hit the hills!
- Toss healthy granola into cookie, muffin, or brownie batter for a unique texture and flavor.
- Level up the texture on your super healthy smoothie bowl with a handful of homemade granola sprinkled on top.
- Sprinkle on smoothies for added texture and flavor!
How do you store homemade granola?
I store my granola in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 1 month. Quite frankly, it never lasts that long because we can't stop eating it!
Can I refrigerate granola?
When you refrigerate granola, it can absorb moisture and fridge odors...we're not down with this. We don't recommend refrigerating granola.
Can I freeze granola?
Freezing granola can also cause it to absorb moisture and freezer odors, so if you must freeze 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...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!
Healthy granola recipe ingredients:
- rolled oats and steel-cut oats
- coconut flakes
- sliced almonds (or any nuts)
- flax seed
- chia seed
- hemp seed (also called hemp hearts)
- extra virgin olive oil
- maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- kosher salt
Tools I use for this recipe
- bowl to mix dry ingredients
- bowl to mix wet ingredients
- 9 x 13 baking sheet
- pancake turner to press the granola (or use your hands)
- airtight container
Want more healthy breakfast recipes?
- Chocolate Energy Bars (no-bake)
- Vegetarian Crustless Quiche
- Oven-Baked Eggs with Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli
- Apple Beet Ginger Smoothie
- No-Bake Chocolate Energy Bites
Healthy Granola Recipe
Granola (dry Ingredients)
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Steel Cut Oats
- 1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
- 1/4 cup Sliced Almonds
- 1/4 cup Pepitas
- 1 Tbsp Flax Seed
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seed
- 1 Tbsp Hemp Seed, also called hemp hearts
Granola (wet ingredients)
- 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
Healthy Granola Recipe Instructions
- Preheat oven to 300°
- In a large mixing bowl, combine ROLLED OATS, STEEL OATS, COCONUT, ALMONDS, PEPITAS, FLAX SEED, CHIA SEEDS, and HEMP SEEDS.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together OLIVE OIL, MAPLE SYRUP, VANILLA, and SALT.
- Combine dry and wet ingredients and stir.
- Spread mixture out onto to 9" x 13" baking sheet (also called a quarter sheet); press to form an even layer.
- Bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown (do NOT stir during the baking process, this will disturb the clumping).
- Remove from oven, allow to completely cool, and break into pieces using a spatula or your hands.
Granola Serving and Storage Instructions
- Serve homemade granola as a breakfast cereal, or use as a topping on yogurt, chia pudding, smoothies, or ice cream.Store in an airtight container up to 1 month for optimal freshness.
Nutrition data provided as courtesy estimates using unbranded ingredients from a nutrition database. Please consult preferred resource for precise data.