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Easy Basic Homemade Granola

A super easy basic homemade granola recipe- perfect for a healthy breakfast, snack or parfait!  You'll love that it uses only simple pantry ingredients and takes just minutes to mix together.

Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 37 mins
Servings: 24 cups
Author: ThriftyFrugalMom.com


  • 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.