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Have you been looking for the best homemade granola recipe ever? Look no further! This recipe is sure to be a big hit for the whole family.Jump to Recipe
When I was a little girl, my mom made this delicious homemade granola recipe about once a week. We had a family of 7 so she always doubled the batch to make it last the week. Then, when I got big enough, it was my job to make the granola for the week.
So now I make this recipe for my own large family of 6. It’s our favorite cold cereal. It’s crunchy, and nutty, and seriously the best granola ever!
Every once in a while I get tempted by the boxed granola in the cold cereal aisle at the store. I’m always sadly disappointed! It’s usually much too sweet, or it doesn’t taste fresh! Give me fresh homemade granola any day!
How to make this delicious crunchy granola recipe
What you will need for the dry ingredients:
Unsweetened coconut flakes
What you will need for the liquid ingredients:
Agave-you can also use honey, or maple syrup
Oil-I use light olive oil
Salt-Mixing it in with the liquid ingredients helps to evenly distribute the salt through the granola.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together
- Mix the liquid ingredients together including the salt and stir to combine
- Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or your hands till the oats are moist
- Spread out the mixture on a cookie sheet in a thin layer and bake at 250F for 1 hour
- Then reduce the oven temperature to 175F and bake for 2 more hours.
*Be sure to lower the oven temperature after the first 1 hour is up! Not long ago I forgot and left it at 250F for the second 2 hour baking time and it scorched very nicely! It was edible, but not delicious.
Why the long baking time?
It helps to dry out the nuts and seeds to give them that perfect toasty crunch. After the full 3 hours, this granola is always golden brown, and never burned as long as you lower the temperature after 1 hour! Ahem!
The long baking time means I have to plan ahead if I want to make this recipe in time for breakfast, but the beauty of it is that I don’t have to stand over it watching it like a hawk so it doesn’t burn! It makes this recipe a set it and forget it kind of thing which is a win in my book.
Gently mix the granola after 1 hour in the oven
When the timer rings after 1 hour baking time, I pull out the granola and gently flip the mixture. Then I put it back in the oven for another 2 hours of baking time and don’t touch it again till the timer goes off.
How we enjoy our granola
- Our favorite way to eat our homemade granola is in a bowl with a delicious plant based milk with sliced bananas, or any in season fruit.
- Our second favorite way to enjoy this granola is on top of my homemade soy yogurt as a parfait. So good! You can find the recipe for yogurt here.
- This also makes a yummy snack. The kids love to eat the crunchy chunks of granola fresh out of the oven.
Looking for more granola recipes?
Check out this recipe from Lisa at farmhouseonboone.com. It looks so good! I want to add a few more Granola recipes to my kitchen. Also, check out this granola recipe from Pick up Limes! Both great channels to follow.
The best healthy granola recipe
- Mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 8 cups Rolled oats
- 1 cup Unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup Chopped walnuts
- 1 cup Chopped almonds
- 1 cup Sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup Coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp Vanila (optional)
- 1/2 cup Agave or maple syrup, or honey
- 1/2 cup Light olive oil
- 2 Tbsp Maple flavoring (optional)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix together until everything is moist. Mixing the salt with the liquid helps to distribute the salt evenly through the granola
- Spread granola mixture evenly onto a greased cookie sheet
- Bake at 250F for 1 hour
- Reduce temperature to 175F and bake for an additional 2 hours