Homemade Granola

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2010

We are huge fans of homemade granola over here. Mainly because the taste is far superior to store-bought granola, but also because the homemade version is cheaper, healthier, and did I say it was delicious? Win, win, win!

The ingredients really couldn’t be any simpler; all you need are old fashioned oats (not quick oats), pure maple syrup, and whatever flavors you want to add.

Here are the ingredients I use:

{printable recipe}

  • 4 1/2  c. uncooked oats
  • 2 c. chopped nuts (I used one cup each of pecans and almonds)
  • 2 c. dried fruit (I used one cup each of raisins and chopped apricots)
  • 1/2. c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. cinnamon
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1  1/2 c. maple syrup (a 12 oz. jar)

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
  • Spread onto 2 large greased baking sheets (mine are 17 x 11 x 1)
  • Bake at 325 F. for 45-50 minutes (stirring half way through)

{Can you tell I use one pan more than the other!}

Let it cool completely and store it in airtight containers.

It usually makes 2 1/2 quarts so we store the extras in our freezer. It should stay fresh for several months.

This recipe is so easy – Oh, and it goes great with my homemade yogurt!

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20 comments

  1. Betsy (Eco-novice)

    08/06/2010

    I make homemade granola too (and have posted the recipe). I also love the flavor from maple syrup. That’s a lot of cinnamon! I may have to try that. Now I’m going to look at the homemade yogurt pot. Homemade yogurt is one of my many unfulfilled aspirations. Hope you get the book soon.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yes, it is a lot of cinnamon…but it always turns out great. And who could go wrong with too much cinnamon!!

    I’ll let you know when I get the book in the mail.

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    Laura Reply:

    My dad got me a yogurt maker for Christmas, and I love it! It’s so easy, and I make 2 quarts of organic yogurt for about $3.00!

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  2. Tami

    08/10/2010

    I tried this recipe today and loved it! There isn’t too much cinnamon at all. I wasn’t watching closely enough on the first batch (I had to cook it in a toaster oven because my oven isn’t working) and ended up cooking it a little much. Then I tried cooking the next batch for 40 minutes and that was perfect.

    Thanks for the recipe Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Excellent! I’m so glad it worked out for you…it’s certainly one of our favorite recipes!
    That’s too bad your oven isn’t working. And I would guess that a toaster oven would cook faster (at least it always does for me).

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Katie

    08/11/2011

    This looks very yummy! Do you think honey could be substituted for the maple syrup?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hmm…I’m not sure, but you could always try it.
    I probably would only substitute 1/2 of the maple syrup for honey — b/c there is a good amount of syrup in this recipe and I think the honey could be over-powering. However, you won’t know until you try it :)

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  4. Joy

    10/30/2011

    I hate maple syrup so I always use honey! HTH Katie!

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  5. Andrea

    11/04/2011

    HELP!! I made this granola … LOVED the smell as it was cooking … Ate a bit as I stirred it halfway through …
    THEN …
    After finished baking I went to scrape it off after it cooled and it was as hard a cement! I went out back to scrape it and I believe the birds will be enjoying more than I will as it flew everywhere! OH WHAT DID I DO WRONG? I am not a baker. Surprise, huh? But I really thought I could do this! I used Crisco on my baking sheets … Any help so I can try this again would be much appreciated! Scrapping Granola in PA!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Hmmm…. I’ve made this exact recipe more times than I can count and it has NEVER gotten hard. Did you use real maple syrup?? That is important… so if not, I would definitely try it again with the real stuff!
    Also, is is possible that you cooked it too long? All ovens are different so maybe your oven cooks faster.

    Sorry i can’t be of more help, but I’ve honestly never had it harden up like what you’ve described. This recipe is so delicious… you should definitely try it again :)

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  6. Crystal

    01/21/2012

    Just curious…..did you freeze the granola in the jars shown? thanks

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes Crystal, I freeze the granola in mason jars. However, any container with a tight-fitting lid would work.

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  7. Jen Swaringen

    02/14/2012

    Found your site recently and have been pinning like crazy! Do you have a printable version of this granola recipe?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Jen, I just added the printable recipe {under the ingredients heading}. And here’s the link… just in case!
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f_2ZE7skPpFOelUxm9SOolJqa1ScaNOvgHKPs5jW57E/edit

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  9. Nora

    07/30/2012

    Do you use dried apricots or fresh?

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    Andrea Reply:

    I use all dried fruit in my granola.

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  10. Krista

    12/14/2012

    How long will the granola stay fresh in the pantry?

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  11. Steve

    04/03/2013

    Hi, have been making this recipe for quite awhile now…what do you think the calorie count per cup might be? I know it can vary with ingedients however.

    Thanks

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  12. jennifer

    04/29/2014

    mine nearly burned this long :( but still good!

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