Homemade Grrranola

Friday, November 14, 2008
Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

When I was a poor student, I would oftentimes suck it up and shell out the too much money for a box of granola. It was my go-to snack. Healthy, delicious, and perfect for snacking on. One day, I was over my friend Emily’s place, and saw that she had a Nalgene full of granola in her freezer. I wasn’t too surprised. If you know Emily, you’ll know she’s smart, sassy, and what I like to call preppy crunchy. Think pearls and Patagonia, sailing on the Cape and—Em, what is it they do in New Hampshire? Apparently they make amazingly good homemade granola.

Now that I am a poor writer, I’m glad I have Emily’s recipe on hand. Crunchy, nutty, sweet, slightly salty, and full of that baked goodness that you can only get with brown sugar and your oven. It’s better than the boxed stuff by far. You’ll never want to pay for overpriced cereal again.

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

A few notes:

  • When I make a batch, I double the recipe. Trust me, you’ll want an abundance of this around the house.
  • I like to use a mixture of pecans and almonds, and prefer dried cranberries to raisins. Feel free to play with this and get creative with toppings (sesame seeds, shredded coconut, ground flax seed, chocolate chips, dried fruit…whatever you fancy).
  • For a granola with chunkier clusters, stir once, about halfway through the baking time and allow to cool completely before breaking up. For a less clustered granola, stir every 10 minutes or so.
  • This makes a wonderful gift. Jar it up, tie a pretty ribbon around it, and someone will love you forever.

Em-Spice’s Homemade Granola
You will shun store-bought granola forever after making your own.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

4 cups old fashioned oats
1 ½ cups sliced almonds/pecans
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups raisins/dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a saucepan, warm the oil and honey. Stir in vanilla. Pour the liquid over oat mixture.
  4. Stir gently with a wooden spoon. Finish mixing by hand.
  5. Spread granola on a foil or parchment paper-lined baking tray (15x10x1 inches).
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, stir, then bake for another 15 minutes or so, until your granola is toasted golden. Scatter raisins/cranberries on top, and allow to cool completely before transferring to an air-tight container. Be sure to allow the granola to cool completely before breaking it up. That helps it stay chunky.

Update: For an extra chunky granola, whisk up 2 egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the granola after you’ve mixed in the wet ingredients.

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38 Responses to “Homemade Grrranola”

  1. Gerrie says:

    Thanks- I’ve been looking for a good granola recipe

  2. Becca says:

    thank you! i’ve been looking for one too (that’s easy enough for me). Although I will love you even more if you make a batch for me ;)

  3. Mike says:

    I like! I’m definitely a granola addict and buy tons of it. I’m sick of seeing all the online recipes involving sunflower seeds and similar small junk.

  4. Kaethe says:

    I love this! I made my first batch today (amidst an insanely-overly-ambitious afternoon of cooking/baking). Pecan halves, raisins (solely), and a dash of cardamom for my inner Swede. Can’t wait to try variations soon. Thank you, Steph!!

    • Kaethe says:

      I made my second batch the other day… cranberries and walnuts! I’ve found you only have to stir it every 20 mins or so (rather than 10), and that it browns quickly towards the end (so after 30 mins, keep a close eye!). I’ve ALSO found it goes very quickly in my house… and I’m the only one eating it!!

      PS – a 13×9 pyrex dish works really well for baking (and clean up) – no need to line with tinfoil, and I didn’t even grease it!

  5. Stephanie says:

    Gerrie: My pleasure! Just spreading the good recipe karma :)

    Becca: oh please girl, i know you’re becoming a little homemaker out there in portland. but yes, you have such a wonderful way of asking for things, i just can’t resist your charm ;)

    Mike: haha yeah….small junk optional here.

    Kaethe: ooh cardamom…one of my new favorite spices!

  6. Becca says:

    I MADE IT! So yummy. I’m always impressed when something I make doesn’t turn out terrible…I think I’m learing how to follow recipes. :)

  7. Stephanie says:

    Becca: Yay! Does that mean i don’t need to send you some now? haha

  8. Nice:-) I love making my own granola as well. My favourite right now is dried cherry, almond vanilla sweetened with grade B maple syrup.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Marc: mmm dried cherries and almond vanilla sounds like a great combination. i’ll have to try it for my next batch!

  10. I-Bear says:

    I love the description of em as preppy/crunchy…so on point!

  11. Stephanie says:

    I-Bear: hahahhah oh, I-Bear….i cannot believe you put that as your link. p.s. before you buy that domain, i think you mean “bulge” not “buldge”…right. English 1 : Ims 0.

  12. You would have no idea how much overpriced granola is over here. Which is forgiven given how they have traveled half way around the world.

    Thanks for sharing. This seems simple enough for me to do. I am not good with oven and baking. :D

  13. Stephanie says:

    Jun: I can imagine! Well now you can say goodbye to the overpriced store-bought stuff — this recipe really takes very little baking skill :) enjoy!

  14. I am going to make this this week. (I’ll let you know what my husband thinks of it). I’m getting sick of shelling out $4.00 a box for granola that lasts him 3 days! Thanks for the recipe!

  15. Love homemade granola – I cannot go back to store bought.

  16. Stacey says:

    How do you think this would come out if I omit the nuts? I’m allergic and usually cannot buy store bought granola.. sorry for the year long delay in comment just remembered this recipe was here.

    • Stephanie says:

      hey there! go for it :) the beauty of granola is that you can put whatever you want in it! i would just substitute the nuts with more oats and dried fried. maybe coconut flakes if you like that? what about sunflower seeds? that would give you some of the same texture as nuts. let me know what combo you end up with!

  17. Emily says:

    Yum! I am so making this for gifts for the holidays! Put it in a pretty jar, and you’re right, the receiver will love me for ever! Who says gifts have to be expensive? Thanks for the post :o)

  18. Sheryl says:

    This recipe is absolutely FANTASTIC!  Truly.  I’ve sent it to loads of my friends already.  Well done and Thanks!

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  20. Laura says:

    Does anyone have a calorie count on this? Or know how I can find it myself? I am just getting started on making a lot of my own stuff and eating healther……go me! :) Thanks!

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  22. Lea Etta says:

    I have used this same recipe for months and I have lost count of the number of times I have made it. Luv, luv, luv this granola! I eat it every morning as a cereal, but makes a great snack.

  23. Carolyn says:

    Hi there-this looks so delicious! How long will it keep in a jar at room temperature? Carolyn :)

  24. Tina says:

    This is a great recipe, been looking for a good granola recipe for awhile. However, just a question, it says total time to make is 1 month, 45 minutes. I’m assuming that’s a typo because I dont see anywhere that I have to let it sit for a month..? :)

  25. Wyldcarose says:

    I just found this on Pintrest, and I don’t know if anyone is still monitoring the feed but wanted to know how much oats? It doesn’t say. Also, what kind? Old fashion or quick?
    Thanks…looks yummy!

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi there,

      Thanks for coming by!
      The recipe calls for 4 cups of old fashioned oats. sorry, I updated the recipe format recently and that ingredient line must have been deleted! Now fixed :)


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  27. Emily says:

    Pumpkin seeds – so delicious in this!  And try sweetening with maple syrup (Grade B or dark amber). Some variations…all these years later!

    • Stephanie says:

      yum!!! this is the recipe that keeps on giving :) i swear by the egg white trick these days! i’ve tried maple syrup but think i still like honey better…maybe i just need to get the good vermont stuff!

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