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How To Make Easy Homemade Granola

Homemade granola is a great make-ahead breakfast dish. It’s so satisfying to make your own granola and the best thing about this recipe is you really can adapt it to suit your own tastes and preferences. 
Homemade is granola is really easy to make. You probably have a lot of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards. Just mix together, bake and store in an airtight container to enjoy every morning. 
This easy to make homemade granola is cooked in less than 20 minutes. It’s quick, easy, and oh so tasty! That sweet smell of warm vanilla and cinnamon filling the house is alluring. This is comfort cooking at its finest.
How to make your own homemade granola
Perfect homemade breakfast recipe

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What is granola?

Granola is a baked breakfast dish usually containing rolled oats, combined with a sweetener such as honey, along with nuts, seeds, and sometimes dried fruit. It is baked until crispy then once cooled it is broken into chunks and served in a bowl with milk.

What is in this granola recipe?

This granola recipe contains rolled oats, honey or maple syrup, vegetable oil or coconut oil, and several handfuls of different nuts such as almonds and hazelnuts, and a handful of pumpkin seeds. For flavour, it has ground cinnamon and vanilla extract. 

What to serve with granola?

Granola is usually served in a bowl with milk poured over. You can use standard dairy milk, or use a milk alternative such as oat milk, almond milk, soya milk, or coconut milk. We even know some people who like to skip milk altogether and choose apple juice to soften their granola. And others like to use fresh, plain yoghurt with their granola.
Of course, if you have any fresh fruit mix that in with your bowl of granola. Favourite fruits for granola include raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, kiwi, banana, and or apple.
For us, we love to add a sprinkling of dark and milk chocolate chips to our granola.
And finally, if you want to try something different, you could add some homemade granola to some ice cream to make a delicious dessert!
Jar of homemade granola

What else can I add to my homemade granola recipe?

Homemade granola is so versatile. You can add whatever suits your tastebuds! As granola is essentially sweetened rolled oats baked in the oven you can just leave it plain with a touch of a sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, or golden syrup.
Or go wild and add in some of your favourite nuts and seeds. Granola add-in options include:

Nuts

Almonds
Hazelnuts
Walnuts
Pecans
Cashews 
Macadamias
Pistachios

Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Pine Nuts

Dried Fruit

Dried Cranberries
Raisins
Dried Apricots
Orange Zest

Spices

Other Ingredients

Coconut Flakes
Desiccated Coconut
Candied Ginger

Large tray of homemade granola

Is this recipe vegan?

Homemade granola can be vegan or vegetarian if you want it to be. Instead of honey use a sweetener such as a maple syrup or golden syrup. Or even make a simple sugar syrup by boiling sugar and water in a small pan. 

What are the benefits of eating granola?

Some people might ask ‘is granola good for you’? The answer is yes, of course! Like anything, you should always eat in moderation and vary your meals. But granola contains oats which are full of nutrients. As are nuts, seeds, and dried fruits if you also add those your granola. This is a healthy granola if you want it to be.
 
Pieces of granola
Have fun making this simple granola recipe.

HOMEMADE GRANOLA (SERVES 8)

INGREDIENTS

300g Whole Oats
1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon
Pinch of Coarse Sea Salt
150g Honey / Maple Syrup 
100ml Vegetable Oil / Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
Handful of Almonds (optional)
Handful of Hazelnuts (optional)
Handful of Pumpkin Seeds (optional)

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180C (fan-assisted).
In a large bowl mix together the oats, cinnamon and salt.
In a separate heatproof bowl combine the honey, oil and vanilla extract. Microwave the mixture on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and combined.
Pour the hot mixture over the oats and stir together until combined.
Spoon the mixture out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spread out to about 2cm thick.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy. Allow to cool.
Break up granola into small pieces and store in airtight jars or containers.

Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Total Time
15 minutes

Ingredients

300g Whole Oats

1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon

Pinch of Coarse Sea Salt

150g Honey / Maple Syrup

100ml Vegetable Oil / Coconut Oil

1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)

Handful of Almonds (optional)

Handful of Hazelnuts (optional)

Handful of Pumpkin Seeds (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 180C (fan-assisted).In a large bowl mix together the oats, cinnamon, and salt.In a separate heatproof bowl combine the honey, oil, and vanilla extract. Microwave the mixture on high heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and combined.Pour the hot mixture over the oats and stir together until combined.Spoon the mixture out onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spread out to about 2cm thick.Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden and crispy. Allow to cool.Break up granola into small pieces and store in airtight jars or containers.

Notes

Use this recipe as a rough guide on how to make your homemade granola. Add in your choice of nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.You can substitute the sweetener of honey with maple syrup or golden syrup.Use any warming spices you like such as ginger or nutmeg instead of cinnamon.

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