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The Very Best Homemade Granola - Sweet, Crunchy, and Nutty

This Homemade Granola is crunchy, nutty, sweet, and SO delicious. It is a filling, nutritious, and addicting way to start your morning - and it is even an amazing afternoon snack!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crunchy granola, granola recipe, homemade granola, the best granola
Servings: 20
Calories: 216kcal

Ingredients

Optional

  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 275°F.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and water if using it.
  • Bring this mixture to a rolling boil over low heat, stirring as needed to prevent burning and until the brown sugar is mixed in. (Do not let this cool once it has started bubbling a little - the sugar will harden and be very hard to work with.)
  • While the mixture is coming to a boil, combine oats, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, pecans, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Toss to mix together.
  • Once the sugar mixture is bubbling, immediately pour this over the oat mixture and mix until it the oats are fully coated.
  • Spread the oats out onto a baking sheet with edges, then bake for 20 minutes at 275°F.
  • After 20 minutes, stir the granola and spread it back out on the sheet. Place back in the oven for 15 more minutes, watching carefully for the last 5 minutes to be sure that nothing burns.
  • Remove granola from the oven and let it cool (it will be soft at first so don't worry!)
  • Break up the granola into pieces and store it in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

🙋‍♀️ Frequently Asked Questions
Is it cheaper to make your own granola?
Yes! Homemade granola is much cheaper than store-bought granola and you can control the ingredients.
What can I substitute for honey in granola?
You can substitute any liquid sweetener for honey - agave, maple syrup, molasses, or even corn syrup. I prefer the flavor of honey myself, but maple syrup provides a unique flavor as well!
How long does homemade granola last?
Homemade granola will last about two weeks in an air-tight container, but you can also freeze it to keep it for longer. I usually keep a container out for daily use and freeze another. When we finish the container that is on the counter, we pull the other one out of the freezer and we have another week of perfectly fresh granola for breakfast.
Should you refrigerate homemade granola?
No - if you put homemade granola in the refrigerator, it will get soggy. Keep your homemade granola in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze it.
Why is my homemade granola not crunchy?
If you notice, this recipe cooks at a really low temperature and requires frequent stirring. This is because high temperatures can cause ingredients like nuts, oats, and seeds to burn before they have a chance to properly dry out and get crispy. In order to get crispy granola, you must cook it slowly at a low temperature, stir it to make sure that all the oats get exposed to heat evenly, and then let it cool. (All granola will be soft when it first comes out of the oven.)
Is granola bad for you?
Too much of anything can be bad for you and store-bought granola can be LOADED with sugar. This granola is pretty high in calories but is packed with nutrients from all of the added seeds and nuts. This recipe makes a lot of portions, so eat it in moderation and you will be just fine 🙂
📋 Tips
  • Add any of your favorite nuts and seeds. This recipe is easy to customize.
  • If you want to mix in dried fruit or coconut, you can mix it in after the granola comes out of the oven and is still warm. (Or add it when serving. I like to serve this granola with fresh berries.)
  • Try not to burn the granola - I know the low temperature seems crazy, but the goal is to lightly toast the oats and let the sugar sink into everything - if it gets cooked too long or the oven gets too hot, the oats will burn and the burnt taste can be overpowering.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.3cup | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg