Easy Homemade Granola

A super easy homemade granola recipe- perfect for a healthy breakfast, snack or parfait!  Love that it uses only basic pantry ingredients and takes just minutes to mix together. It freezes well too!

Easy Homemade Granola

Back when my husband and I were dating, his family was living as missionaries in Romania, so Vince was living by himself and had to buy all of his own food and make all of his own meals.  And well, let’s just say that he’s very much a minimalist and it definitely showed in his menus!  😉  So I often took pity on him and made him food that I’d send home with him when he came to visit me on the weekends.

Somewhere along the way, I discovered that Vince really liked homemade granola.  So, one week I started digging through cookbooks looking for a recipe to make for him.  My family never ate granola and I probably only had ever eaten it a handful of times here and there at friend’s houses, so I really didn’t know what constituted a “good” granola recipe.  Some recipes were complicated looking and others, while they sounded kind of good, called for expensive ingredients.  I finally came across a very basic granola recipe in an old, trustworthy church cookbook that I often used.  It looked super easy to make and so I figured I’d just take a chance and hope that it pleased my guy.  Obviously it did, because I’ve been making that same granola recipe for the last 10 years!

Easy Simple Homemade

The thing that we love about homemade granola is that, at least for this recipe, it’s inexpensive plus it keeps us full much, much longer than store bought cereal does.  When my husband eats bought cereal, he literally has to eat half the box to get enough to keep him full until lunch time.  (He has a job that requires lots of manual labor, which obviously makes a difference.)  With this easy homemade granola, roughly 1 ½ cups is all that it takes to keep him going until lunch.  We also love that it’s a relatively healthy option, too!

This recipe is super versatile and can easily be changed up to suit your tastes.  Play around with it, add in other things that you love- make it yours!  It’s very forgiving and is hard to mess up.  I should warn you though that it does make a big batch.  So if you prefer, you can always half the recipe.  Or since it freezes well, you could also just make the full amount and freeze half of it!Easy Basic Homemade Granola

Easy Homemade Granola

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 cups quick oats
  • 8 cups rolled oats*
  • 3 cups brown sugar**
  • 2 cups wheat germ (optional)
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds or nuts (optional)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups canola/vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Add-ins: Raisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, dried apricots (You can add any of these once the granola is cooled.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Mix everything but oil and vanilla in large bowl. (I like to mix it in my roasting pan and then just bake it in that).

2.  Add vanilla to oil, then add to dry ingredients. Mix well.

3.  Pour into oven safe dishes (if you don’t have a large roasting pan, cake pans work well) and bake at 250 degrees until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

* You can any kind of oatmeal you want as long as the total amount equals 16 cups.
** If you prefer a chunkier granola you can use ⅔ c. honey and 2 c. brown sugar.

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Comments

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Kristen, well I can’t promise that you’ll love this recipe, but I do know that I’ve had numerous people tell me that they really liked it, so… 😉

  1. Darletta Landis says

    Does it need to be stored in the freezer or would it keep stored in tupperware? The granola recipe that I normally make keeps for at least two week stored in tupperware. Looks good and my family prefers granola to bought cereal. Thanks, D

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Darletta, it can definitely just be stored in any tight container. The only time I store it in the freezer is if I make up an extra recipe or two to save time later. Otherwise I just put it in my usual container and it has stayed fresh for at least a month. Obviously if you make it with butter, it probably wouldn’t stay fresh as long. In fact, if you do use butter, then I’d probably just keep out a weeks worth or so and freeze the rest until you are ready to use it. But if you are using oil, you should be fine!

  2. Jo says

    This is almost like the granola recipe that I make! Sooo delicious! We always like it with butterscotch chips.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Mmmm, it’s been a while since I’ve made it with butterscotch chips, but that is really good! I should do it again and surprise the kiddos. I know they’d love it. 😉

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Yes, this is definitely a super easy-to-make recipe, Ellie! In fact, sometimes our 7 year old mixes it together for me. :)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Thanks, Laura! With a recipe this easy, there’s no reason not to have some homemade granola sitting in your pantry. :)

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Hmmm….not sure. It partly depends on how deep the roasting pan is and how often you stir it, but I would say roughly an hour maybe two? It probably sounds strange, but I honestly just put it in, stir it when I think of it and take it out when I happen to check it and it looks right. Because it is baked on such low heat, it’s pretty forgiving and doesn’t burn easily at all (unless you bake it in a super shallow pan). And because of my haphazard way of baking it and checking on it, sometimes it’s a little more brown than others, but it’s always yummy!

      Oh, and yes, you should bake it uncovered!

  3. Renee says

    How long do you bake it at 250 degrees? I’m thinking about giving your recipe a try, I love granola. Plus your recipe is simple enough for my kids to follow along…then maybe we can make this to give away for the holidays. Thanks ?

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      The baking time varies on what size dish you bake the granola in and also how brown you like it to get. I bake my granola in a big roaster pan and so it takes longer than it would if I would use a couple of cake pans instead since they are more shallow. If you use cake pans, I would guess maybe an hour? As long as it looks lightly browned and isn’t wet anymore from the oil, you should be good. If you use flake coconut you can also tell if the granola is done by seeing that is crumbly and dried out. It really is hard to totally botch….some of my batches are baked longer than others and more brown but unless you forget to stir it and leave it in for hours and hours and it burns, you should be fine.

      And yes, this recipe is a great one for kids to make. Our son started making it all by himself when he was 7 years old and has become my faithful granola maker. And I love the idea of using it for gift giving. So fun and personal!

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      You are absolutely right, April! This is eaten like cereal with milk or you can use it to make parfaits and add yogurt and fruit.

    • ThriftyFrugalMom says

      Lately we’ve been on a binge of just making it plain, without any add-ins. But in the past I’ve done Craisins and raisins a lot and once in a while butterscotch or chocolate chips. With the chocolate and butterscotch chips, if you want you can stir them in when the granola is still slightly warm and they’ll obviously melt a bit, which is good. I know people that also add chopped nuts to the granola before they bake it. I like the taste of that, but am always too cheap to do it myself. 😉

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