Easy Oats and Honey Granola

Making granola at home is easier than you think! This simple oats and honey granola is lightly sweet and filled with nuts and seeds. Whip up a batch for breakfast or a snack!

Easy Oat and Honey Granola - a healthy, gluten free granola that's easy to make at home! by @healthynibs

When I was in law school, granola was one of my favorite things to snack on. It was a healthier alternative to buying a bag of candy to get through those long hours of reading cases. A lot of granola was consumed during that 3-year period.

In the last few years, my taste for granola changed. Store-bought granolas that I previously enjoyed are now a touch too sweet for me. That’s why I started making my granola at home. It’s much easier to control how much sugar goes into my granola, and I can pack in all the ingredients I enjoy.

For all of my granolas, I follow this basic recipe formula:

1 1/2 to 2 cups oats/grains
+ 1 1/2 to 2 cups nuts
+ 1/3 to 1/2 cup coconut
+ 1/3 cup coconut oil
+ 1/3 cup sweetener (usually maple syrup or honey)
= a batch of amazing granola

No granola is complete without a healthy amount of cinnamon and spice. Feel free to tweak this recipe with whatever nuts and grains you have on hand. Once you make a batch of homemade granola, you’ll never look back!

Easy Oat and Honey Granola - a healthy, gluten free granola that's easy to make at home! by @healthynibs

LEARNING FROM MY MISTAKES / COOKING NOTES

  • Bake with low heat: This granola takes about an hour to make, which sounds like a long time but is worth the wait. The key to a good batch of granola is low heat. Baking granola between 350 to 375 degrees F does save time. However, the ingredients in your granola with a higher fat content (nuts, seeds, coconut, etc.) can burn easily. Having burned about 6 batches of granola in the past, I learned that baking it at 275 degrees (135 degrees C) is the sweet spot. Plus, I think that the granola tastes better when cooked at a low heat.
  • CLUSTERS: If you like granola clusters, here’s what you need to do. DO NOT stir the granola during the baking process. The granola will bake into a solid block and you can break it up once it cools off.
  • Variations: For a vegan version, try my Ginger Spiced Granola with Ancient Grains.

Easy Oat and Honey Granola - a healthy, gluten free granola that's easy to make at home! by @healthynibs

Easy Oat and Honey Granola - a healthy, gluten free granola that's easy to make at home! by @healthynibs

If you make this recipe, let me know! Take a photo of your creation and tag me on Instagram so that I can give you a fist bump!

Easy Oats and Honey Granola

Making granola at home is easier than you think! This simple oats and honey granola is lightly sweet and filled with nuts and seeds.

10 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups (225g) rolled oats
  • 1 cup (110g) walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (60g) sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup (80g) pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup (40g) flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup (105g) honey
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix oats, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, cinnamon, ginger, and a pinch of salt. Add honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. Stir until incorporated.
  3. Spread out granola on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring midway through. If you want clustery granola, do not stir.
  4. Let granola cool for 20 to 30 minutes before eating. The granola will crisp up after it is out of the oven. I didn't want big clusters this time, so I stirred the granola after 10 minutes of cooling to break up everything.
  5. Serve with yogurt or eat them by the handful! Store in an airtight container.

Notes

To make the berry bowl that you see in the first picture, blend some yogurt with a handful of mixed berries until smooth. Top with more yogurt, berries, granola, and hemp seeds.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Yields 18 servings (1/4 cup per serving). Amount per serving: Calories: 156, Total Fat 10.7g, Saturated Fat: 4.7g, Sodium: 9mg, Cholesterol: 0mg, Total Carbohydrate: 13g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5.6g, Protein 4g

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Easy Oat and Honey Granola - a healthy, gluten free granola that's easy to make at home! by @healthynibs

4 thoughts on “Easy Oats and Honey Granola

  1. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    Not only does this granola look damn good, but your pictures and videos are amazing! Are you using your DLSR for the videos? I was so sad to realize that my Dad's DLSR which I adopted for my blog doesn't have video capabilities. A new camera is a big investment but it might have to happen.
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    1. Lisa Lin Post author
      Thanks, Katie!!! So, I upgraded my DSLR in January (there was an end of the year sale for refurbished products on Nikon), and I'm using that to take all my videos. I'm playing with shooting with two cameras for my videos now, and I have yet to see the video quality from my old camera! I definitely prefer shooting videos with my new camera because I can control the lighting waaay more.
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  2. Joanne
    Hi Lisa! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I love it. I'm so happy that you've found something you truly enjoy doing. I am currently trying to figure out my career, and seeing your food blog is so inspiring. I also live in the Bay Area. :) I've thought about making my own granola numerous times but never got around to it. Maybe this is finally the time! If you don't mind me asking, what start-up company do you work for during the day?
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    1. Lisa Lin Post author
      Hi Joanne, thank you so much for stopping by! You definitely need to try making granola at home. It seems like more work than buying it from the store, but the effort is well worth it. Your comment also reminds me that I need to change my "about" section. I'm actually based in Sacramento now, though I visit the Bay often. I work for a company called ONE ORGANIC.
      Reply

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