This easy Homemade Granola Recipe with honey is full of easy to find ingredients that can be customized depending on what flavor you are going for! It is a crunchy granola recipe that is going to feel like such a healthy start to the day. It is full of flavor and addictive! Perfect for snacking, making parfaits, or just with milk. If you are looking for more delicious breakfast recipes, make sure you check out these egg muffins and this quinoa breakfast recipe. We also love these granola bars and these five ingredient energy bites when we need other snack ideas!
I was looking at pictures of my kids when they were smaller the other day and I had the strangest reaction . . . it felt like I didn’t even recognize them. I mean, of course I did, but on the other hand, they are completely different people now. It’s like I couldn’t even remember those little people that they once were.
I was looking at this picture of Quinn when she was teenie tiny, like a one year old, and not only did she look different, but I felt like in the picture she was different – so much life has happened to her in the five or more years since that picture was taken.
And I was looking at a picture of Gavin from before I was even pregnant with Elliot . . . holy man. His hair was nearly blond with a little redness to it (he’s pretty solid brown hair now), and he was tiny and adorable and so toddlerish. SO much life has happened to him since that picture was taken.
Guys, let me be honest, I don’t really have a point.
Except to say, I guess, that I didn’t realize that this would be part of motherhood. This watching your children turn into completely different people before your very eyes. I know what you are thinking, that the them that makes them them is still there. And it is! But woah. A lot has changed.
I guess it’s a lesson that I want to carry with me as they go through adolescence and then into adulthood. Because if I think a lot changes from age one to six . . . . I mean, where will be when she is 26 and he is 30? A LOT of life will happen between now and then. It will for sure change who they are.
I guess it’s our job to love them along the way. In sickness or in health and for better or worse.
HOMEMADE GRANOLA RECIPE
Woah. That was a bit intense for a post about granola, huh?
(The person who just found me on Pinterest is scratching their head thinking, “Geez, lady. Its just breakfast.”)
So let’s talk about breakfast! I’ve *really* been trying to mix it up in my house because all of us, myself included, have been in a breakfast rut. I realized that I didn’t have a good go to recipe for granola on my site, so I decided that needed to change ASAP.
Meet your new favorite granola.
Isn’t she pretty?
WHAT DO YOU PUT IN GRANOLA?
That, of course, is up to you. But there is a pretty standard formula that is easy to follow and easy to customize to what you are vining on.
- Oats – Most granola recipes start with oats. You want to buy old fashioned oats and not quick cooking oats.
- Honey – This is the glue for your granola. You could also use agave nectar or maple syrup.
- Oil – This makes it crisp up nicely and is the secondary glue. I tried this without the oil and it was also very delicious, but obviously not as crisp. If you are looking to lessen the calories, you could cut back on the oil or eliminate it completely.
- Nuts – These pack a nice protein punch into your granola. I used pecans, but you could use any nut you prefer. You could also cut the amount of nuts in half and add in some seeds like pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.
- Dried Fruit – This gets mixed in after baking and can be any great dried fruit you love. I’m going to try dried mango next time!
- Flavor – For this recipe I used cinnamon and vanilla extract. You could try other great flavor combinations though, like a little less cinnamon mixed with a pinch of ginger and allspice!
HOW DO YOU MAKE GRANOLA?
Start by lining your pan with parchment paper. Then you are going to mix your wet ingredients (sugar, oil, honey), and your spices together. Then you fold in the oats and whatever nuts you’ve chosen. Finally after baking, you let the granola cool for an hour. When you first bring it out of the oven it won’t seem crisp or done, but after the hour is up it will be perfect. Break it apart, and mix in your dried fruit.
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks!
If you are looking for more great healthy breakfast ideas, try these Avocado Egg Whites – they are calling my name! These Quinoa Breakfast Tacos are definitely going on my minute mix things up! These Healthy Apple Muffins would be perfect as breakfast or a snack for the kids!
Homemade Granola Recipe
- 1/3 cup honey you could also use maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil you could also use grape seed or coconut oil
- 5 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking oats)
- 2 cups chopped pecans any roughly chopped nut would be great here - especially walnuts or almonds
- 1 cup dried cranberries or any dried fruit
- 1 cup raisins or any dried fruit
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together honey, oil, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon.
- Gently fold in the oats and the nuts. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes rotating the baking sheet half way though baking.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Allow to cool for an hour. Break apart the granola and mix in the dried fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
If you are looking for other great breakfast ideas