Homemade Granola

One of my favorite breakfast options is yogurt and granola topped with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey. While I don’t always have time to make my own yogurt, I have been making granola for about 3 years now.

Homemade Granola, Yogurt & Berries

Want to make your own granola?

Here’s the basic recipe, with suggestions for variations below.

Ingredients:
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1 cup almond slivers
1/3 cup maple syrup
2-4 tbsp brown sugar (depending on how sweet you want it to be)
1/4 cup melted butter or 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Granola, ready for the oven

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and spread on a baking sheet with raised edges or a baking dish.
Bake for 1 hour stirring about midway through.
The granola is done baking when it turns golden and crunchy. If it doesn’t look done, bake for another 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven, break any big lumps and let cool.
Store in a container, jar or resealable plastic bag.

Homemade Granola

Variations:
Besides the main ingredients rolled oats and wheat germ, you can basically add/remove just about anything.

  • If you don’t have maple syrup, you can use honey or agave.
  • If you like coconut, add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
  • If you like walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews, you can add those too.
  • You can also add sunflower or pumpkin seeds (toast them for a 5-10 minutes in the oven before adding them to the mix). Or flax or sesame seeds. In my most recent batch, I added 2 tbsp of Hemp Hearts.
  • You can also add cinnamon, vanilla extract or flavor the granola by adding ~1/4 cup cranberry or orange juice.
  • If you like fruit (dried cranberries, mango, peach, dates, figs, raisins), you can mix those in after you’ve taken the granola out of the oven.
  • Another great addition is 1/4 cup cacao nibs after you’ve taken the granola out of the oven.

Granola with cacao nibs

Do you make your own granola? What’s your favorite recipe?

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