We absolutely love granola. It’s great in yogurt, a little milk, or just a small amount. What we don’t like is how expensive it is at the grocery store. After a lot of experimentation, we’ve finally come up with the best homemade granola recipe ever. Serve directly, or use it as a base with dried fruit, nuts, or even sweets. We can eat this easy granola recipe any time of day: in the morning, as an afternoon snack, or as a midnight pick-me-up. Whenever you have a craving, enjoy it!
A note about oatmeal:
The best oat in our easy granola recipe is old fashioned oatmeal. If you have instant oats on hand, they are a great substitute. The texture won’t be exactly the same, but if you have them at home, feel free to use them.
If you’re gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free oats. Although oats themselves are gluten-free, they have a very high risk of contamination. The way gluten-free oats are processed makes them safe for people with celiac disease.
We personally like to use pecans in this recipe, but you can also use:
…or a mixture of several!
You need to use oil in this recipe to help the other ingredients crisp up nicely. Here are some different variants to choose from:
- avocado oil
- coconut oil
- vegetable oil
Oats, nuts, and unsweetened coconut flakes are the base of our homemade granola recipe, but as we mentioned, you can get creative with the recipe! Here are some ideas to inspire you:
- raisins or raisins
- Dried fruit such as apricots, cranberries, or raisins
- extra nuts
- flax seeds
- sunflower seeds
- chocolate chips
Why is my granola sticky?
You’ll know your granola is done when it takes on a toasted appearance. When completely cooled, it should break easily into small pieces. If you find that your easy granola recipe is a bit sticky or sticky, just pop it in the oven for another 5-10 minutes.
What’s the Difference Between Oatmeal and Granola?
These two snacks are often compared and sometimes confused. Both contain similar ingredients, with the biggest difference being how they are made. Granola is always cooked, while granola is eaten raw. Muesli is also naturally sweetened with dried fruit, while granola almost always contains honey or another sweetener.
Troubleshooting: What to do with wet or stale results
If you find that your easy granola recipe is getting soggy, stale, or mushy, the good news is that it’s an easy fix. All you need to do is spread it back on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put it in the oven. Bake it at 400F for about 5 minutes and it should be crispy!