Homemade Granola


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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
401 Calories
16g Fat
62g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 401
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 328mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 409mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Homemade granola is so much better than the variety in the store and so easy to make. Granola makes a great snack (even kids like it) or breakfast cereal. Made with oats and nuts and naturally sweetened with dried fruit, honey, and maple syrup; this is all good stuff to keep on hand in the pantry.


  • 4 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking)

  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 1 cup mixed chopped nuts, such as almonds and pecans

  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/3 cup canola oil

  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1 cup dried fruit, such as cherries, cranberries, and golden raisins

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

  3. In a large bowl, combine the oats, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, salt, and cinnamon.

  4. In another bowl, whisk together the Canola oil, maple syrup, honey, and vanilla.

  5. With a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry until all the oats appear wet.

  6. Place half of the mixture onto each baking sheet and spread flat into one even layer.

  7. Place pans into the oven and bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes until lightly golden brown.

  8. Stir the granola about halfway through baking and turn pans to achieve a more even color. Don't overcook or the granola will have a burnt taste.

  9. Remove from the oven and let the granola cool on the pans.

  10. When room temperature, place the granola in a large bowl. Mix in the dried fruit with a wooden spoon breaking up any large pieces of granola.


  • Store granola in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.
  • Do not place in refrigerator or it will become sticky.