Simple Homemade Granola

By Polly Conner
February 13, 2021

This simple granola recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest you will find on the Internet. I’ve been making this exact recipe before Thriving Home even started. It’s got 5 main ingredients but you can easily add more if you want to jazz it up. Such a simple, healthy snack!

Simple homemade granola in white bowls

Why Granola is so Good for You

The more I learn about oats, the more I want to find ways to squeeze them into the food I make for my family. They are crazy good for you! Here are just some of the health benefits of oats:

  • Oats are a storehouse of essential vitamins such as thiamin, folic acid, biotin and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium.
  • New research suggests that children between ages 2-18 years old who have a constant intake of oatmeal lowered their risk of obesity. The research found that the children who ate oatmeal were 50% less likely to become overweight, when compared to those children that did not eat it.
  • Oats contain hundreds of phytochemicals (plant chemicals) which are thought to reduce a person’s risk of getting cancer.
  • A daily serving of whole oats rich in soluble fiber can reduce hypertension, or high blood pressure, and so reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication.
  • Oats help keep you regular. Enough said.
  • The soluble fiber in oatmeal slows down your digestive process. The result is that you’ll feel full longer, i.e. oatmeal can help you control your weight.
  • New research suggests that eating oatmeal may reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association already recommends that people with diabetes eat grains like oats. The soluble fiber in these foods help to control blood glucose levels.

This granola recipe makes a fabulous Healthy On-the-Go Snack, too. You can easily bag it up and take it out the door on a busy morning.

Homemade granola in a white bowl

A Short Video on How to Make Simple Granola

Here is a short and sweet video to show you how easily Homemade Granola come together.

What’s in the Recipe?

What makes our recipe stand apart from so many others is how simple it is! With 5 main ingredients (that you likely have in your pantry), you can whip up a batch in no time. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Oats – Old fashioned rolled oats are best.
  • Maple Syrup – Make sure it’s REAL maple syrup. Not table syrup.
  • Whole Wheat Flour – You can use all-purpose if you need to.
  • Vanilla – Use 100% real vanilla.
  • Coconut Oil – Any flavorless oil will work but I use coconut because it’s healthy and adds a touch more flavor to the granola.
  • A pinch of salt
Ingredients for simple granola recipe

Let’s Make Some Granola!

Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients Together

In a mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, and salt.

Oats and flour in a white bowl

Step 2: Mix the Wet Ingredients Together

In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the maple syrup, vanilla, and oil. If you use coconut oil, make sure it is melted!

Maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla in a white bowl

Step 3: Mix Everything Together

Slowly pour the wet ingredients over the oat mix. Stir it until it’s well-combined and you no longer see dry flour.

Granola ingredients mixed up in a white bowl

Step 4: Spread the Mix Out on a Baking Sheet and Bake

This will make your house smell SO good. Bake for 25 minutes, stir and flip with a spatula, and then bake for another 25 minutes.

Granola spread out on a sheet pan ready to go in the oven

Congrats!

You did it! You just made a batch of healthy, simple homemade granola. Easy peasy, right?!

How Long Does Homemade Granola Last?

There are two good ways to store granola long-term:

  1. Store in the Pantry – Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months! Possibly a little less in a hot-humid environment. If you notice it becoming stale, move it to the freezer to extend its life a bit more.
  2. Store in the Freezer – Remove as much air as possible and it will last well past 6 months. To be honest, I’ve never stored it longer than that because we ate it. But from all of our freezer cooking experience, we know that food will be safe to eat indefinitely if properly frozen.

Granola is also a great meal to take to others. I regularly take it to new moms. It makes a great hospital snack. Kids like it too so it’s a great one to take a family who might need a meal.

Granola in a jar as a gift

Chunky Granola Tips & Tricks

I like having big clumps in my granola. If you do too, here are some tips on how to get it nice and chunky:

  • Let it chill. Give the granola plenty of time to cool before breaking it up.
  • Crowd the oats in the pan so they can stick together. I use a basic half sheet pan for this granola recipe. It’s the perfect size and the rimmed edges make sure no granola falls off.
  • Be sure to line the pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet to prevent sticking.
  • Gently press down on the granola with the back of a spatula after stirring the mixture at the half-way baking point. Then put the pan back into the oven to finish baking.
  • Store in a solid container (instead of a plastic bag).
Simple granola in a white bowl

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Simple Homemade Granola

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This homemade granola is SO simple and SO tasty. Double the recipe because it will go fast!


Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (sub: all purpose flour)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup PURE maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (sub: avocado oil or another neutral oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together oats, flour and salt.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine syrup, oil and vanilla.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the oat mixture, and stir until well coated.
  5. Spread oats out on a parchment lined rimmed baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Then, stir and flip the granola with a spatula. (You can add raisins or other ingredients, like nuts, shredded coconut, or other dried fruit, at this point.)
  7. Bake another 25 minutes.
  8. Let cool. Store in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 6 months or even longer in the freezer.

Notes

I almost ALWAYS double this recipe when I make it. 

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26 replies
  1. Anna says:

    This is the best homemade granola recipe! It’s so easy, quick & very budget friendly. It’s also very adaptable if you need to swap ingredients to suit what you have at home. All my family love it and request that we always have it in the pantry. I highly recommend it! Thanks for sharing the recipe : )

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  2. Kathryn says:

    Love this recipe! I use 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup honey instead of the 1/2 cup syrup. And tend to only bake half the time – maybe my oven runs hot but it still turns out great! Love it in yogurt!

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  3. Alecia says:

    This is my go-to granola recipe! I love how easily it comes together and I can customize it based on what I have in my pantry. I always keep a bag in the freezer to pull out for a quick snack or breakfast on the go.

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  4. Sheryl Brock says:

    This recipe has been a family favorite for years!! I often walk past the cereal aisle and think about what I could get that would nourish my family, and walk away empty handed, remembering I can easily make this delicious, nutritious granola that even my “picky” eater LOVES. I love that this can also very easily be a gluten free option with a different type of flour. I imagine we will be making this granola in our family for decades to come. Thanks, Thriving Home!

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  5. Shauna says:

    This is an absolutely amazing granola recipe! I’ve made this many times much to the satisfaction of my husband and kids. I add unsweetened coconut with 15 minutes left so it doesn’t brown too much.
    Just so you know, in the recipe ingredients (not the ingredient card) you say to use preferably canola oil but I think you mean coconut oil?

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  6. Kathy says:

    Made this recipe as a welcome gift and put it in a decorated quart mason jar. Half way through the process I added craisins and almonds. The coconut was added at the final 10 minutes because I discovered with the first batch it got too brown if left in for 25 minutes. The first batch was still tasty even with the brown coconut and passed the husband test.

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    • Polly says:

      Yum! I’ve played with adding in a few ingredients here and there. I haven’t done coconut though. Thanks for the tip!

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  7. Jill says:

    Hey! Thought I would let you know that I tried the recipe with honey and it turned out pretty good! I think it did clump a little more, but I just mixed it the best I could with my hands and it still worked out okay, although I have had the granola with the maple syrup too and it’s really good as well. Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

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    • Polly says:

      To be honest, I’m not really sure! I’m thinking honey would make it clump up more and be harder to separate out on the cookie sheet before baking but it might work. Give it a try and report back so the rest of us know.

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  8. Ashley Johnson says:

    Just want you both to know that I am really enjoying this blog! I have tried lots of the recipes and usually get a lot out of all your posts. It’s really encouraging, practical stuff. I’m a stay at home mom of an almost two year old and have one on the way, so this stuff is all really applicable. Good job and Thanks!

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