Homemade Granola

I have had this recipe waiting in the wings for a while now; ironically, not only did I take a minute to make it this afternoon (along with a batch of Homemade Grahahm Crackers), but upon checking my voicemail had received a request for it as well!

So, that’s that. Today is the Day!

I cannot express how much I love this granola; it is entirely {Real Food}, it yields a hefty amount, it is versitale and one of my kitchen constants! It can certainly stand its own as an oh-so-tasty cereal (plain, with bananas, or whatever else fits your fancy), but we more often use it as a “garnish” – on top of yogurt, banana “ice cream,” or even to sweeten up and add a little crunch on top of  hot oatmeal.

The granola making its appearance for our "Yogurt Bar" at Max's 2nd birthday party!

Homemade Granola

  • 8 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract

{As for the additional ingredients, everything below is absolutely optional.  The point is to use about 4 cups of add-ins…nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. I pretty much use whatever I have on hand and switch it up as my little heart desires – I can honestly say, I don’t think I’ve ever made it the same twice}

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried fruit (dried raisins, apricots, cranberries, figs, dates, etc.)
  • 1 cup raw seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pepitas, etc.)
  • 1 cup raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, etc.)


Preheat oven to 200 degrees.

On stovetop, melt coconut oil and butter.

Place honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and vanilla in a glass measuring cup.

Warm a small pot of water on the stovetop and place the glass measuring cup (with honey mixture) inside, allow honey mixture to become thin, stirring occassionally.

Measure out oats and then pour in the oil and honey mixtures. Stir to combine.

Spread mixture out over two parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.

Bake for roughly 4 hours, turn off oven and allow to cool completely (I usually sneak some tastes at this point, but tend to just turn off the oven and let it cool in there for a few hours/overnight).

Mix in desired add-ins & store airtight.

(Recipe adapted from Passionate Homemaking)

NOTES: Since starting to make this recipe (about 1 year ago), I’ve substantially decreased the oil/butter AND, more importantly, the honey/maple syrup from the original recipe. I decreased the butter/oil/honey/syrup primarily because those are the most expensive ingredients and the recipe simply does not loose ANY of its deliciousness by not using as much (and I always opt to use less “sugar” if I can). If you do prefer it sweeter, simply increase the amount to suit your taste.

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16 Responses to Homemade Granola
  1. Stuff and Nonsense
    April 19, 2012 | 11:18 am


    i can just imagine
    the scent of this
    wafting through the house while
    it’s baking

    we love granola around here
    and this recipes sounds like a keeper

    i have never used coconut oil though
    and would have to get that first

    thanks for stopping by
    and saying hello

    i love your blog
    and it’s always a wonderful thing
    to find fellow believers
    in this place


    • Becca V
      April 19, 2012 | 6:44 pm

      Absolutely! It makes the house smell amazing, so I love making it before/during having guests over; the house smells like “home” the moment the walk through the door! Coconut oil seems a little intimidating because you have to melt it, but I promise it is totally worth the effort – really good for you, versatile, and now you can find it pretty much anywhere. I am so happy you stopped by and thanks for letting me know.

  2. Tasha
    April 20, 2012 | 3:24 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’ll add this to my “some day I should make this” folder. :)

    • Becca V
      April 20, 2012 | 5:41 pm

      wonderful – truly, it is so worth it!

  3. Claudine
    April 20, 2012 | 7:34 am

    This sounds YUMYYY!!!
    I bookmarked this post but will come over tomorrow and follow you. It is very late and I don’t even know how I can still type, LOL!!!
    I am always looking for a healthy granola recipe, I never actually found it, until now!!!
    I love to eat it with yugurt and fruit.
    Ok, I cannot spell yugirt, I am done, lol!!!

    • Becca V
      April 20, 2012 | 5:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Claudine! Give it a shot; hope you love it :)

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  5. Emily
    May 20, 2012 | 9:45 pm

    I have this in the oven right now! It was so easy. I can’t wait to taste it. Naturally I would wait until the hottest day of the year to have the oven on for 4 hours. At least it is at a low temperature! I’ll let you know how it goes. Next mission … yogurt!

  6. Emily
    May 25, 2012 | 10:42 pm

    Batch #1 only lasted 4 days! More going now! Thanks again so much for sharing this!

    • Becca V
      May 26, 2012 | 12:33 am

      You are absolutely welcome! I am so happy you like it :)

  7. Julie Godshall
    July 10, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    Becca, I just have to say that I’m making my third batch now and it has quickly become a staple. We often don’t even mix anything in and eat it straight-up! It’s added to the already copious amounts of oats we were consuming. Now, when Jon gets oats from the bulk bin at Willy’s, he has to use a produce bag to get enough!

    • Becca V
      July 11, 2012 | 11:13 pm

      awesome. thanks for telling me – I know we buy large quantities of bulk oats; between the three of us eating oatmeal every morning for breakfast and at least 2 batches of granola/month, produce bag is right! So glad you like it :)

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  10. Rhonda
    August 29, 2013 | 3:53 am

    please clarify – does the recipe, as posted above, already have the adjustments made for less oil, butter, honey & syrup or have you reduced it after you posted the recipe. I love trying new granola recipes, though I may have to wait til cooler weather. I have also been striving to eat only “real food”, and reduce sugars so yours is a welcome site to discover. Thanks!

    • Becca V
      August 31, 2013 | 4:36 pm

      This recipe reflects the decreased ingredients; I would suggest using these ratios and then adding or decreasing according to personal preference. It is pretty hard to mess this up, the taste always seems fine, I just sometimes forget its in the over and it gets a little (or lot) of extra cooking time :)