This is the best homemade granola, with a naturally gluten-free combination of oats, seeds, nuts, and a wonderful texture and crunch.
This recipe is part of my Breakfast collection, where you can find a variety of foods you might find interesting. You can try these Banana Pancakes, or this savory recipe for Blueberry Bread Pudding With Cheddar. Learn how to make a Strata or try these delicious Easy Banana Nut Muffins.
Why should you try this recipe?
It is gluten-free: Naturally gluten-free, this homemade granola is healthy, low in sugar, and packed with beautiful ingredients full of nutrients and flavors. It is ready in less than 40 minutes and super easy to make.
Great for adding fiber to your digestive system: Whether in a bar or a bowl, wholegrain cereals are good for our bodies. Fiber is necessary to keep your gut healthy, and you will undoubtedly notice a difference if you start incorporating whole grains into your daily breakfast.
Fuel to start the day: People often skip breakfast because they do not have time or simply because they are not hungry.
But cliche or not, many cultures around the world start their day with a meal that is considered the most important of the day.
We need fuel to function correctly, and after not eating anything for about 12 hours overnight, we are definitely running on fumes in the morning.
Your body is like a car engine, and you need food if you want to get the most out of your day.
Breakfast provides the energy we need for daily life.
There is some evidence to suggest that both children and adults who eat breakfast regularly perform better and are less likely to be overweight than those who do not.
Versatile: This easy homemade granola is a beautiful recipe that you can make at home. You can add/replace some ingredients with things you like.
(See the recipe card for quantities.)
Cereals and other dried ingredients:
Rolled oats are the main ingredient of this recipe. They are also called old-fashioned or whole oats.
These oats look flat and have an irregular round shape. When processed, the oats are steamed to make them softer, then pressed to flatten them.
They are naturally gluten-free.
Rolled oats absorb more liquid than steel-cut oats and are commonly used to make granola, granola bars, and other baked goods like muffins or cookies.
Can I use steel-cut oats to make granola? What about instant oats?
I would not recommend it. Steel-cut oats are too chewy and dry for granola recipes. While some people might enjoy the texture, most people don’t.
Instant oats are the most processed oats out there.
You can use them instead of rolled oats, but if you want to have some health benefits, you will need to stick with rolled oats.
These seeds have a rich, nutty flavor and bring a good amount of healthy fats, fiber, and vitamin B.
Chopped mixed nuts
Mixed nuts could be anything you like, from pecans to cashews, almonds, peanuts, or walnuts. There are so many options out there, and all are good for you.
Oat bran is the skin of the oats that is left over after the grains are processed.
It is highly nutritious, and we add them because they bring extra fiber, extra protein, extra vitamin B, and other nutrients that are beneficial to our bodies. You can replace the oat bran with wheat germ or flaxseeds.
Unsweetened shredded coconut
We aim here for less sugar in our meals, and for this reason, I recommend unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes.
Coconut flakes are not the same as shredded coconut. You can replace the flakes with shredded ones, but keep them unsweetened, please, so you can experience what this recipe is about.
As a very flexible and versatile recipe, if you don't like coconut, you can skip it entirely.
Pumpkin seeds or pepitas have lots of health benefits. I like them in this recipe for their texture and color. I used raw seeds, as they will roast in the oven together with the oats.
For this recipe, I used dark brown sugar. It brings an extra level of flavor to the cereals due to the amount of molasses in the sugar.
Sunflower or any light oil
Vegetable oil is used to coat and protect the oats from burning while baking in the oven.
You do not need any fancy oil here. I used sunflower oil because this is what I have in the house.
Because we also use coconut flakes, you can replace vegetable oil with coconut oil for extra flavor.
The cereals also need moisture, so we combine the oil with water, which is the next ingredient on our list.
Water adds moisture to the grains, so they cook evenly in the oven without burning.
Salt is the magic ingredient in any baked goods. It balances and enhances the flavors of the product, so please do not skip it.
Try to buy a good vanilla extract that doesn't taste artificial. Good vanilla brings happiness to a dish, so please buy the best you can afford.
How to make this recipe
Preheat the oven to 350F. Place parchment paper on a baking tray or cookie sheet and set aside.
Combine the oats, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, oat bran, coconut, pumpkin seeds, and brown sugar in a large bowl.
Whisk together the oil, salt, water, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Mix well.
Spread the mixture into a large baking pan or a cookie sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes, occasionally stirring, until the mixture gets crisp and golden.
Remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool before storing the granola in an airtight container.
How to serve
Serve it with milk, fruits, yogurt, or on its own. While some people might find this weird, I like to warm up the milk, especially on colder days when I need something to “stick to my ribs.”
This is a basic recipe that you use for a quick batch of granola. However, here are more ideas to make this homemade granola even better:
Flaxseeds - Prepare the basic recipe, and add ¼ cup of flaxseeds, whole or crushed, and ¼ cup of sunflower seeds. Mix and proceed with the rest of the instructions.
Berries - Prepare the basic recipe, bake, and remove from the oven. Add ½ cup of dried berries like cranberries, raisins, blueberries, currants, or strawberries, and mix them with the cereals.
Apple&Cinnamon - Prepare the basic recipe without the coconut. Add two teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the dry ingredients. Bake, remove from the oven, and add ⅔ cup of dried apples to the mixture stirring well.
Voila, how easy is this? What is your excuse now to still eat store-bought granola instead of making your own? This healthy homemade granola is the best.
How to store
Store it in an airtight container for up to two weeks. I would not store it in the fridge, as it might lose the crunch due to the humidity.
Some people freeze it for later use, but I never tried it. If you consume it in these two weeks, it will not go stale.
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Best Homemade Granola
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 1 cup chopped mixed nuts
- ⅔ cup oat bran or wheat germ
- ⅔ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ⅔ cup sunflower or any light oil
- ⅔ cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Place parchment paper on a baking tray or cookie sheet and set aside.
- Grab a large bowl and place oats, sesame seeds, chopped nuts, oat bran, unsweetened shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, and dark brown sugar in it.
- Grab a medium bowl and whisk together oil, water, salt and vanilla extract. Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Spread mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake for 30 minutes, stirring once in a while, until crisp and golden.
- Remove the tray from the oven and allow it to cool, before storing the granola in an airtight container.