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!
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!
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.
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!