Homemade Granola Recipe Plus Tips to Customize

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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?

Homemade Granola in a bowl

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.

“More chips!”

‘No nuts!”

“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.

Unbaked granola on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

And, this is 30 minutes later. It continues to crisp up a bit once removed from the oven.

Partially baked granola on a baking sheet

Once it cools, stir in 1 to 1 1/2 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!)

Homemade Granola in a square container with a spoon next to it

Store the granola mix in an air tight container at room temperature.

granola on top of yogurt

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.

Overhead view of homemade granola with floral napkin underneath

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

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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 463


  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats NOT the quick-cooking kind
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dates chopped
  • 1/4 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.


Store at room temperature in an air tight container. Adapted from P&GEveryday


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 403mg | Potassium: 322mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 40g | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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  1. I love making granola mostly because it’s so customizable!

  2. I love home made granola! It doesn’t even compare to store bought! I love the addition of dates and flax seed! Delicious!

  3. This is amazing. I wish I had this!!

  4. I love making homemade granola – this looks great!

  5. I love homemade granola! It’s so hard to find commercially-made nut-free granola. Plus you can make flavors at home that you can’t buy in a store!

  6. I always make homemade granola because my boys have nut allergies so i can customize it. This looks great!

  7. So – unlike all of your other commenters – I have never made homemade granola! But you’ve made it look so easy and delicious, I’ve got to change that soon!

  8. Home granola is the bomb diggity.

  9. im a huge fan of homemade granola. I love that I can customize it to whatever i want to put in it!

  10. Yum! I love making my own granola.

  11. My brother loves homemade granola. It sure does look fresh!

  12. Thanks for the tips. It’s always good to shake things around and customized or change the granola flavors.

  13. I love homemade granola! Great make-ahead breakfast!

  14. I am a trail mix fanatic and granola fits into that category somewhat also. Thanks for the tutorial. What about making it low-fat? Substitution for the oil?

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