July 21, 2014

Easy, Healthy, Homemade Granola Recipe

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One of the very first recipes I posted when I started my blog was homemade granola recipe, but since then, my recipe has evolved, and so has my recipe printable feature. :)

Easy, yet healthy, homemade granola provides an incredibly frugal and delicious alternative to the store bought variety. One of my favorite healthy snacks of all times is a cup of yogurt and granola. Too often, I go to the cabinet and we are out of granola, so now I’m developing a habit of mixing up large batches of this homemade granola for the family. Another wonderful option is that it’s so easy, even the kids can learn to make it with one training time.

This homemade granola recipe is incredibly forgiving and flexible. Translation? As long as you stick to the wet/dry ingredient ratio, you can mix and match any ingredients that you have in your pantry. For instance, I have three cups of nuts listed. That’s a lot of nuts, and can make the recipe more expensive. The last time I made it, I only had one total cup of nuts. That was no problem, I just add shredded coconut, raisins and some dried fruit. There have been times when I made it very basic with only oats, wheat germ and a small amount of nuts.

As I always recommend,  make it once and then you will easily be able to adjust it to your preference. Lately, I’ve gone into the health food bulk section and looked at their 20 varieties of granola for inspiration.

Start your family on the road to a great, healthy day with this yummy granola.

I scored an entire case of new Mason Jar cans at a thrift store, and I’ve enjoyed using them for so many storing needs – including granola.

Who says granola is just for breakfast anymore? This is an amazing dessert.

Our eight year old daughter went to town creating a beautiful yogurt granola parfait for me. Wouldn’t this be beautiful in a truffle bowl for Easter brunch or served just like this in individual goblets?

Great job, Sweetie!


Comments

  1. Annette Holbrook says:

    Just FYI… As I was reading the directions, I noted that you mention honey, which is not listed in your ingredient section. :) I thought you’d want to know!
    I’ll be trying this soon. (I’ve been using my Grandma’s recipe, which unfortunately isn’t the one I remember her using when I was a kid.)

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    Jen Reply:

    Thanks so much. :) That’s why I seriously need an editor. haha

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    Rachel Reply:

    @Jen,

    Also, is it 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup of oil? The ingredient list says 1/3, but the instructions say 1/2. Thanks!

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    Jen Reply:

    YIKES – I can’t believe I made that error. I do not have my chicken scratch recipe on hand, so I am going to error on the side of more oil. Go with the 1/2 cup. If anything, it will just be yummier, with only a few extra calories. :) The great thing about this recipe is that you can’t go wrong. The 1/2 cup would just be a bit higher fat content. Sorry about that. I will look for my note card, and make it again, but it will be great either way.:)

  2. Have you ever frozen this? Ours is usually gone within two weeks, but my kids have been known to just “drop” something from their eating habits with no warning!

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    Jen Reply:

    I haven’t, but I would think it would freeze fine. I’m going to try to though. :)

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  3. Yum.. sounds delightful. My mom used to make granola for us when I was a kid.. Gotta love wonderful moms. ♥♥
    You daughter did indeed make a beautiful parfait.. and what a cutie she is too.. :) Gotta love having your kiddos tooling around in the kitchen with you.. One of the best blessings on earth! ♥

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  4. Looks and sounds delicious!

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  5. I love homemade granola! This looks perfect!

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  6. What temperature do you bake it at?

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    Jen Reply:

    Oh my, I can’t believe I left that off. AHH! 325 degrees.

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  7. Shannon says:

    I have never made granola before, but I’m trying tomorrow. Hopefully it flies out of my pantry so I don’t have to worry about it, but just in case, how long does it keep?

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    Jen Reply:

    Shannon – I would recommend if you don’t go through it quickly, to put it in a ziplock and store it in the freezer. I keep it in a jar tight container and stays for a week, but I would keep the extra in the freeze for freshness.

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    Shannon Reply:

    @Jen, Perfect! Thanks!

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  8. How many Calories is in a serving?

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    Jen Reply:

    Sorry, I wouldn’t be able to estimate that since there are so many variables as to what you add. If you are looking for less calories, you can use less oil and it would still be delicious.

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  9. This is a great recipe, I made a batch and everybody at home loved it!..It disappeared the next day. I used 1/2 cup of coconut oil instead of the canola and added no sugar. I used raisins and dried cranberries. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe, this is our new favorite. :)

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    Jen Reply:

    YAY! I am so glad to hear that and coconut oil is a great (and healthier) option. So fun to hear that it was still so tasty without the sugar. :)

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  10. This has become my go-to recipe. I make it all the time, and my husband loves it. I don’t use sugar, and it still is plenty sweet. I line the cookie sheet with parchment paper for easier clean-up/

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  11. I made your granola then added a cup of raisens and a cup of coconut. it is delicious. I plan to make more and share with my co-workers. Thank you!

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  12. Just pulled your granola from the oven. It smells wonderful and the few nibbles I tried (still too hot to really munch on) are delicious. I added unsweetened coconut flakes, and used a combination of grade B maple syrup and agave syrup in place of honey. Will add craisins also.

    Yum! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  13. This recipe looks great and I am about to make it but I was wondering what you meant by wet/ dry ratio. I counted 10 cups dry and about 1 2/3 c wet ( I included the sugar in my wet ratio). Is that the ratio you mean? Any dry as long as it equals 10 cups? Also, if I want to add my raisins after it is done cooking, then is that cup added in the 10 cup ratio or just extra? I’m sure I’m over-thinking, I just have made granola before! Thanks!

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    Jen Reply:

    Yes, you are correct about the wet dry ratio. If you want to leave the raisins out until after you are done cooking just count it as extra. :)

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  14. This recipe was very easy and very delicious. My whole family loved it! My first batch flew off the pantry shelf, and I plan to make a 2nd today. Very easy to adjust for taste and personal preferences. Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Did you use ground flax seeds?

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    Jen Reply:

    No, I actually use whole flax seeds, but I bet if ground was all you had, you could mix those in for the health benefits.

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  16. Sooo good! I think I was a little light on the dry ingredients so I had to bake quite a bit longer to get the bottom layer dried out a bit but it turned out great! I added pure maple syrup instead of honey (its what I had) and added more cinnamon (b/c why not) and some ground flax and chia seeds? Thanks for sharing this!

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    Jen Reply:

    I just love recipes to that are so versatile, don’t you? I’ve been using tons of chia seeds in my baked goods recently too. :) And yes, more cinnamon is always good. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. tina sweet says:

    Do you know approximately how many calories a serving is?

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    Jen Reply:

    No, I am sorry. I don’t. You can decrease amount of oil/sweetener if you want to cut down on the calories.

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  18. Cathryn Ramirez says:

    Great recipe! I’ve been wanting to try homemade granola for some time. Quick question though…I only have quick oats. I buy it in the 2 lb tub, since I make oatmeal cookies several times a week for my husbands cafe. Can I use quick oats…or will the end result not be as good with old fashioned oats?

    Thanks for sharing your passion!!!

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    Jen Reply:

    I’ve used them as well. They aren’t quite the same, but definitely worth making. Just check the oven time. It may need a bit less time.

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