This super easy basic homemade granola recipe is perfect for a healthy breakfast, snack or parfait! I love that it uses only simple pantry ingredients and takes just minutes to mix together. And it freezes well too!
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Back when my husband and I were dating, he was living by himself and had to buy all of his own food and make all of his own meals. And let’s just say that he’s very much a minimalist and it definitely showed in his menus! 😉
So I often took pity on him and made him food that I’d send home with him when he came to visit me on the weekends.
Somewhere along the way, I discovered that he really liked homemade granola. So, one week I started digging through cookbooks looking for a recipe to make for him.
My family never ate granola and I probably only had ever eaten it a handful of times here and there at friend’s houses, so I really didn’t know what constituted a “good” homemade granola recipe.
Some granola recipes looked complicated. And others, while they sounded kind of good, called for expensive ingredients. I finally came across a very basic granola recipe in an old, trustworthy church cookbook that I often used.
It looked super easy to make and I figured I’d just take a chance and hope that it pleased my guy. Obviously it did because I’ve been making that same simple granola recipe for the last 10 years!
The thing that we love about homemade granola is that, at least for this recipe, it’s inexpensive plus it keeps us full much, much longer than store-bought cereal does.
When my husband eats bought cereal, he literally has to eat half the box to get enough to keep him full until lunchtime. (He has a job that requires lots of manual labor, which obviously makes a difference.)
With this easy homemade granola, roughly 1 ½ cups is all that it takes to keep him going until lunch. We also love that it’s a relatively healthy option, too!
This recipe is super versatile and can easily be changed up to suit your tastes. Play around with it, add in other things that you love- make it yours! It’s very forgiving and is hard to mess up.
I should warn you though that it does make a big batch. So if you prefer, you can always half the recipe. Or since it freezes well, you could also just make the full amount and freeze half of it!
And of course, you can also use this yogurt to make homemade parfaits. This simple recipe works perfectly for them and makes them super easy and affordable.
Easy Basic Homemade Granola
Easy Basic Homemade Granola
- 8 cups quick oats
- 8 cups rolled oats (see Notes below)
- 3 cups brown sugar (see Notes below)
- 2 cups wheat germ optional
- 2 cups coconut flakes
- 1 cup sunflower seeds or nuts optional
- 2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 cups canola/vegetable oil or melted butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- raisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, dried apricots (can add any of these once the granola is cooled)
- Mix everything but oil and vanilla in large bowl. (I like to mix it in my roasting pan and then just bake it in that).
- Add vanilla to oil, then add to dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Pour into oven safe dishes (if you don’t have a large roasting pan, cake pans work well) and bake at 250 degrees until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
- I like the texture that using both quick and rolled oats gives this granola. But you can use whatever kind you prefer, as long as the total amount of oatmeal equals 16 cups.
- If you prefer a chunkier granola, you can use ⅔ c. honey and 2 c. brown sugar instead of the 3 c. brown sugar that the recipe calls for. When I do this, I like to mix the honey in with some of the oil before adding it to the other ingredients. Doing this seems to help make it easier to combine nicely with the dry ingredients.
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