healthy Homemade granola

This healthy homemade granola recipe is easy and quick to make, and best of all, you can totally adapt it to your liking. This granola is perfect for eating as a snack or breakfast on top of fruit, yogurt, or even with milk as cereal.

homemade granola

What exactly is granola?

Granola is a mix between rolled oats, dried fruit, and nuts, and/or seeds. This mix is sweetened with brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey (not vegan). You can also add flavor to it, like vanilla, spices, or fruit or vegetable purees. Granola is usually baked. Less common, but just as delicious is savory granola. It tastes delicious on top of salads, rice, soups, or roasted vegetables.

INGREDIENTS for healthy homemade GRANOLA

  • Oatmeal, use whole oat flakes. Instant oatmeal is not the best for making granola. I love to use sprouted oats to elevate the nutritional value of this granola recipe.
  • Vegetable oil. You can use olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. Look for vegetable oil that is a single ingredient and not a blend.
  • Maple or agave syrup or you can use healthier sweeteners like monk fruit or coconut sugar.
  • Grated and unsweetened coconut. Check the label of the coconut and of all the nuts that you are going to use, use ingredients that are NOT sweetened.
  • Walnuts, you can substitute for cashews, pecans, almonds, etc.
  • Pepitas, pumpkin seeds. You can substitute without problem for sunflower or sesame seeds. Look for seeds that are not roasted.
  • Raisins can be dried cranberries, dried cherries, yellow raisins, etc. But like nuts and seeds, look for ones that are unsweetened.
  • Dried apricots * optional
  • Hemp seeds * optional
  • Chia seeds * optional
  • Pinch sea salt
nuts, seeds and other ingredients for making granola


Even though I’m 100% a morning person sometimes I just can’t think what to serve for breakfast. There are days that I am blocked and can’t think of what to make and the kids are just looking at me running around the kitchen. Even though I try hard to think of something delicious and nutritious I just can’t think of anything. That is why I love homemade granola so much. It is effortless to make; it is healthy and extremely delicious. Also:

  • Your house is going to smell delicious. It’s the smell of spices, walnuts, and toasted oat flakes that can drive me crazy.
  • Making granola at home is cheaper than buying granola.
  • You can control the quantity and quality of the sweetener, or make it a low sugar granola recipe.
  • You can choose the type of nuts and dried fruits and the quality of both.
  • By making granola at home you will be sure that it will be 100% healthy and not full of ingredients that you do not need.
  • The nutritional benefits of homemade granola can be many and it all depends on what you put in it. Oatmeal is high in fiber and nuts are healthy fats. But like everything in life, you have to have a balance. By balance I mean not putting only dried fruit, or very little oatmeal, or a lot of sweetener or fat.
bowl with rainins, sunflower seeds, coconut and oats.


It can be eaten in a bowl with almond milk, with yogurt, in a smoothie bowl, or sprinkled on top of the fruit. I love having homemade granola ready in the cupboard because it always saves me. You can also use granola to finish a dessert, like a chocolate mousse, you can make granola bars, cookies, and many more things. The important thing is that since you made it at home, you are going to be sure that it is going to be a healthy granola recipe.

bowl with  ingredients


If your children do not eat much for breakfast, you can make frozen smoothies bowls or yogurt paletas and put some granola in them. This is a nutritious breakfast, easy to eat, to take on the go, and have tons of fun while eating it.

Best way to eat granola.

I love having homemade granola at home because when I have run out of ideas for breakfast, it always saves the day. The best ways to eat it are:

ingriedients on a baking sheet

🔥GIVE IT A TWIST & PREPARE it in many different ways

  • And since this granola recipe is super adaptable, you can put whatever you want CINNAMON, vanilla, pecan, cashews. Really what you have at home.
  • You can also put other types of grains such as buckwheat, quinoa or seeds, etc.
  • Here I have other granola recipes that I think you may like and serve as inspiration for you to make the best version at home:
fresh out of the oven homemade granola

This is truly one of our household favorites because it is always different. Every time I make it I change it up a little. I love using mixed nuts, dried fruits, or spices…anything to give it a different twist. Sometimes I like to serve it with almond milk (like cereal), sometimes with coconut yogurt, on top of the fruit, but it tastes wonderful by itself.

healthy homemade granola

Other breakfast recipes that you may like:

Here is the super simple recipe for this healthy homemade granola recipe and I hope you like it as much as I do!!! If you like it, please take a picture and share it on Instagram, FB or Pinterest so I can see it. I would love to see how it turns out.

It would also be incredible if you give it 5 stars and / or if you tell me how it went in the comments section; if you have doubts or ideas also put them there.

homemade granola

Homemade Granola

This homemade granola is easy to make, incredibly delicious, and totally flexible.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 416 kcal


  • 4 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 cup coconut, grated and sugar-free
  • 1 cup of walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 cup of dried apricots *optional
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds *optional
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds *optional
  • one pinch of sea salt


  • Turn oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, mix oats, nuts, coconut, raisins, seeds, honey, and oil. When everything is well mixed, put it on a tray for the oven and cover it with baking paper
  • Leave it in for about 25-30 minutes. The trick is to be aware of the perfect cooking point for the granola. You know it’s done when you can stir the grains on the tray, and they feel loose and not damp and sticky.
  • When the grains are loose take it out of the oven and let it cool down. Stir in the rest of the ingredients and store it in a jar in the cupboard.



The nuts and fruits you use are entirely up to you. Change them around and make this recipe your own, make it how you like it.


Serving: 30grsCalories: 416kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 9gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 441mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 410IUVitamin C: 0.9mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 3.4mg
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