Make exactly the combination of crunchy goodness your heart desires with this Homemade Granola Recipe. It's easily customized. Our version has dried cherries, dates and white chocolate. What would you make?
There's a sense of power when making a homemade granola recipe. There is complete control...over the sweetness, the mix-ins...not to mention the crunchiness. It's all a matter of personal preference and at our house everyone wants a say in the final outcome.
"How about a little flax seed?" 🙂
I never buy granola from the store. It often has nuts and my youngest dd can't have them. It's high in fat and calories and usually has a few things added that I could do without. What's a girl to do?
Homemade Granola Recipe Basics
It will never be on my grocery list now that I've discovered just how easy it is to make. I'll talk you through the customization part below.
1. Mix together 3-4 cups of dry ingredients. The main ingredient is old-fashioned whole oats (3 cups,) and not the quick cooking kind. About 1 cup of chopped nuts (like walnuts, pecans and cashews) and seeds (like pumpkin and sesame) can be added at this point too, as well as flax seeds or chia seeds. (Wink!)
2. Mix together the wet ingredients. I used a combination of brown sugar, honey and oil. Use canola, vegetable, olive or coconut oil. Agave nectar can be substituted for honey. Reduce the amount of sweetness if desired.
3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Use your hands to make sure the oats are evenly coated and have a "crumbly" texture.
4. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until the mixture is crisped to your liking.
This is the oat mixture just before it went in the oven.
And, this is 30 minutes later. It continues to crisp up a bit once removed from the oven.
Once it cools, stir in 1 to 1 ½ cups dried fruit, chocolate or other goodies. This version has dried cherries, dates and white chocolate. (Yes...I succumbed to the power of the white chocolate!)
Store the granola mix in an air tight container at room temperature.
I'm keeping a little bag in my purse for an on-the-go snack and a jar at home to top chia seed pudding, yogurt and ice cream.
It's a nice surprise in a lunch box too, whether you are toting it to school or work!
Homemade Granola with Dried Cherries, Dates and White Chocolate
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats NOT the quick-cooking kind
- ¼ cup ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup dried cherries or cranberries
- ½ cup dates chopped
- ¼ cup chopped white chocolate
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Combine oats, flax seed, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, stir together sugar, honey, oil and vanilla.
- Stir wet mixture into dry mixture, using your hands to toss until the mixture is evenly coated and crumbly.
- Spread mixture in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until browned.
- Granola will continue to crisp as it cools.
- When cooled to room temperature, stir in dried fruit and chocolate.