Make this easy (and healthy!) homemade granola recipe to have breakfast cereal on hand and ready to eat for busy mornings! As a kid, I spent half my childhood on a farm in the mid-west, so good wholesome food was always available! We drank fresh goat's milk, plucked our own fresh eggs from the coop every morning, and ate fresh, home-grown vegetables from our quarter-acre garden. For years, my mom would make our own homemade cereal, too. A delightful sweet and crunchy concoction from our backyard walnut tree's harvest, old-fashioned oats, and other delicious grains.
So developing this recipe was a real treat, taking me back a few years. The warm cinnamon smell as it roasts brings the comfort of homemade goodness back, and my kids now get to experience a peek of the farm life right here in our suburbia kitchen!
You can make this recipe too, it's easy, low-sugar and keeps well if you freeze in a ziploc, or place it in an airtight container. (Glass jars are best!)
Loaded with magnesium and potassium, this easy granola is a high-fiber quick choice for breakfast! Choose this granola over commercial cereals, which are mostly sugar-laden and sometimes lacking real nutritional load per serving.
Homemade Granola Recipe
- 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped or sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 4 Tbsp coconut oil (OR 5-6 Tbsp alternate plant oil)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the last six ingredients in a medium bowl until completely blended. Pour the liquid over the dry mixture, and toss together until coated. Spread the mixture into the baking pans.
- Bake on the lowest rack, stirring every 15 minutes or so, for about 30-45 minutes or until evenly browned and crispy. Let the mix cool completely in the pan before serving or storing in airtight container.
Ta-da! That's it!
A few minutes to stir, a few more to bake, then let it cool - and you have several quick breakfasts ready to pull out for those busy school mornings.
How to enjoy this granola:
- Add a sliced banana or some fresh berries to the top, and pour cold unsweetened almond, coconut or soy milk over it!
- Heap spoonfuls of it over a few ounces of low-sugar Greek Yogurt , and add fresh fruit or berries to make a "parfait."
- Place a half cup or so in a small bag or container to enjoy plain, as a "snack" for energy between meals.
If you enjoyed this recipe, check out more breakfast ideas here. Then let us know in the comments how you eat your granola!