Homemade Granola

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This Homemade Granola is full of oats, nuts, and dried fruit. It is much better than store bought granolas. Serve it with milk or yogurt for a delicious breakfast.

Yogurt and granola in a bowl

Homemade Granola

I love making my own granola. Not only do I feel like I am saving money, but making it homemade tastes SO much better than anything I have tried from the store. Elise gave me this recipe a few years back and I have made it at least a dozen times since. It’s really good with milk or sprinkled over yogurt and ice cream. It is also wonderful just plain as a snack. We have been putting it in sandwich bags and taking it on road-trips and picnics just to munch on.

Homemade Granola in a glass jar

Substitutions To Try

Even though this is an amazing recipe for Homemade Granola all on its own, there are several great substitutions to try. Most of these ideas came from reader comments. So if you have another suggestion, feel free to share!

Can I swap Canola Oil for Coconut Oil?

Yes! Absolutely. This recipe was originally posted before the whole coconut oil trend really took off. But it would be a great switch if you want to give it a try.

What Else Can We Add to Homemade Granola?

Feel free to try all kinds of additions in this delicious granola. One reader suggested flax seed, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. The possibilities are endless!

Homemade Granola on a 9x13 baking sheet

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How To Make Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola on a 9x13 baking sheet

Elise’s Homemade Vanilla Granola

5 from 14 votes
This Homemade Vanilla Granola is superior to anything you can buy. The flavors are so much better, it is amazing on yogurt or with milk over the top.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 36

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Equipment

  • Sauce pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300-degrees. Combine first 6 ingredients (dry ingredients) in a large bowl.
    Oats, almonds, craisins, and spices in a bowl
  • Combine oil, honey, and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute.
    Honey, coconut oil, and vanilla boiling in a pot
  • Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture. Mix until all ingredients are moistened.
    Honey mixture being poured over granola
  • Divide and spread mixture over 2 large cookie sheets and bake for 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven. Use a spatula to stir the granola on the pan. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
    Homemade Granola on a 9x13 baking sheet
  • For chewy granola: While the granola is still slightly warm and soft, transfer to an airtight container or bag it in large resealable plastic bags.
    For crunchy granola: Allow granola to cool completely. Break up granola and transfer it to an airtight container or bag it in large resealable plastic bags.
    Homemade Granola in a glass jar
  • Serve plain, with yogurt, or with milk.
    Yogurt and granola in a bowl

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1gCalories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 68mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 3gSugar: 14gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Looks yum!. Needing clarification please. Is the nutritional breakdown for the whole recipe (16 servings) or per serving size. If so, what is the suggested serving size? Watching carbs for a diabetic family member. Thanks

    1. Thanks for pointing that out – I went and updated the nutrition information, as it was incorrect before. The nutrition information is now for one serving and the suggested serving size is 1/2 cup. As for your diabetic family member, this recipe probably isn’t your best bet. Granola is typically high in carbs.

  2. I plan on making a full order of it today but is there a way to make this recipe in bars. My grandson would like to eat it like a bar at work. If not into a bar how do I get it to clump more. Mine came out very loose.

    1. If you want to make bars, you can blend up dates and maybe a little peanut butter and add it to the recipe until it holds it’s shape, you can try using this recipe here and adding the vanilla granola ingredients that you like: /10-happy-morning-hacks/

  3. this maybe a stupid question but since cocoanut is solid is it the same measurement when it melts.

      1. Never mind I answered my own question. I do want to say that I did half the recipe since I have never made granola before and wasn’t sure how your recipe would taste. Well let me say I cannot stop eating it. It is so wonderful and would like to ask another question.
        I plan on making a full order of it today but is there a way to make this recipe in bars. My grandson would like to eat it like a bar at work. If not into a bar how do I get it to clump more. Mine came out very loose.

      2. Hi… recipe says combine first 8 ingredients….but there are only 6 outside the liquids. What am I missing?

  4. I really want to make this, but I couldn’t find wheat germ at the store. I looked in the baking aisle at Walmart. Is there another place to find it?

    Thanks!

  5. This looks delicious but I live by myself and 8 cups is a lot. Will this recipe work if I just halve everything?

    1. Yes, of course! You will love it! It lasts for about a month if you store it in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag.

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday, first time making granola. I added heaping cup of each-sweetened coconut, sunflower seeds, and pecan halves. Gave a big squeeze extra of honey to make up for extra dry ingredients. Learned a BIG lesson. Do not overcook. I thought I wanted it dry and crispy, and figured I needed more heat and time. Wrong. Half of the recipe was too brown, thought my son and husband split that half and took to their work today. I was going to throw it away. I did also add more of the cinnamon. I had it for lunch today, and had to force my self to stop eating it. Wonderful, and I will make again, and again. Put in a full pound of dried cranberries. Will do cherries next.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience with this recipe. I’ve made the mistake of overcooking too. I prefer it more on the soft/chewy side, but if it gets overcooked I mix it in with yogurt and it is really good. Thank you for sharing your tips! I love the idea of adding sunflower seeds – yum!

  7. 5 stars
    P.S. my great grandma’s name was Echo and I have always loved it, so glad to see someone else with such a great name:)

  8. 5 stars
    I discovered this recipe a few years ago and I cannot tell you how much I have loved it! I use the 8 cups of oats as my base and then I usually use a combination of almonds, flax seed, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. And I always use coconut oil. Everyone that has ever eaten this at my house always asks for this recipe and I think they are always glad to find this blog if they don’t already know about it. This granola is so good on its own but goes to a whole other level with some greek goddess honey yogurt and fresh berries, or with homemade applesauce it is like a dessert for breakfast or a snack! Thanks for sharing so many great recipes!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I like your addition ideas! We have used coconut oil the last few times and it really adds to the flavor– yum! Thanks so much for spreading the word about us and for your nice comment! P.S. We agree about the name “Echo”… we have several Echos in our family, we love the name!

  9. Hi, Is there a substitute I can use for in place of the canola oil? Would coconut oil work well in this recipe? Thanks! 🙂

    1. We posted this recipe before using coconut oil was cool haha.. I think coconut oil would be AMAZING and now that you mention it, I will probably make it with coconut oil next time!

  10. Love to make this but what can I substitute for the wheat germ (sensitivities)? Can I substitute oat bran?

    1. I am totally clueless when it comes to wheat allergies! Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!

    2. I substitued the wheat germ with oat bran and also added apple sauce to replace some of the oil, turned out very good. I love it. Next time, I think I will add some maple syrup. Thanks so much!

    3. 5 stars
      I made this recipe today and I didn’t have any wheat germ so I substituted it for flake seeds! I loved it! It doesn’t have a stronger flake seed taste. Next time I might try chia seeds as the substitute.

  11. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was great! I replaced 1/2 cup of canola oil with applesauce and it was so yummy. Thank you so much for sharing!

  12. 5 stars
    Okay, well, I just made this for breakfast this morning. OH. MY. GOODNESS. It is so, so good! I served it with yogurt, blackberries, and strawberries. Fabulous!! Thank you for the recipe! I've got my own recipe blog (dinner-inspiration.blogspot.com), and I'll definitely be putting it up there! 🙂

  13. 5 stars
    I have made 4 recipes off your blog now (found it blogstalking) and am in LOVE with them all… but this granola takes the prize! Hope it is ok to add you to my blog list so I can find out when you update with a new recipe. Thanks for the amazing yummy ideas!

    1. 5 stars
      WOULD LIKE A RECIPE FOR SLOW COOKER. WOULD ALSO KNOW HOW TO SEND THIS FROM FACEBOOK TO MY RECIPIES FILE . WOULD APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH SINCE I AM DIABETIC & MY SON & I HAVE CANCER ALSO MY HUSBAND IS GREAT NUTRITION FOOD ISSUES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH IF YOU COULD HELP ME WITH THIS .

      1. I have not made this recipe in a slow cooker, but after doing some research, this is my recommendation. Follow the directions on the recipe but instead of spreading the granola on baking sheets, pour the granola into a 5-6 quart slow cooker sprayed lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Cook on the high setting for 2 hours stirring well every 20 minutes (this is important so that granola doesn’t burn on the sides of the slow cooker).

        I’m so sorry for the health problems you and your son are having. I hope you will find strength, comfort, and peace as you battle these illnesses.