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Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

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Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe – Just like my mom used to make! Eat this Best  Homemade Granola Recipe as cereal, with milk or yogurt. 

Mother’s Famous Recipe that can be used as cereal or tossed over some yogurt

College Granola 

In college my beloved roommate Laura was the most peaceful and patient person I knew.

She was able to put up with my emotional rants and topsy-turvy life as I: planned a wedding, waited tables, played resident adviser, finished my internship, and completed my senior portfolio project.

Sometimes she was the only comforting part of my day. Everyone needs a Laura.

I lost contact with Laura for several years after college as we both moved out of town.

When we finally reconnected, we reminisced over funny memories, people we missed, and our favorite dorm room snack… My mom’s granola.

I had almost forgotten. We lived on granola that year!

Of course, I had to be reminded of this. My life was so hectic, I had twitchy-eye syndrome for several months after I graduated.

Homemade Granola with dried fruit and nuts

Just Like Momma Made 

Thankfully these days I am much better at managing stress. Instead of taking on too much, I make it my goal to do fewer things, but do them well. 

When I make mom’s granola, AKA our Best Homemade Granola Recipe, I tend to do as mom did and use whatever I find in the pantry to mix in with the oats.

Yet when I’m planning ahead, our healthy granola recipe posted here is my favorite combination. I love the color the pepitas, dried cherries, and golden raisins bring.

I also minimize the spice. Cinnamon is powerful; too much will mask all the other flavors.

We sometimes make this granola without the dried fruit, and serve it as a crunchy topping for ice cream with berry sauce, and over fresh cut fruit! YUM.

Seeds, Nuts and Dried Fruit drizzled with honey

Recipe Ingredients 

  • Rolled Oats – the base of the recipe
  • Shredded Coconut – this ingredient is optional, but adds extra flavor
  • Slivered Almonds – to add some protein 
  • Pepitas – shelled pumpkin seeds
  • Flax Seeds – a great source of fiber
  • Oil – or you can use melted butter
  • Honey – a sweetener that is all natural 
  • Cinnamon – this is a great spice to add 
  • Salt – always 
  • Dried Cherries – another ingredient that brings in tangy sweetness
  • Golden Raisins – or black raisins will work as well
Homemade and baked on a sheet pan

How to Make Homemade Granola 

  1. Prep the oven to the right temperature, and set out a baking sheet.
  2. On the baking sheet, mix together the oats, coconut, seeds, and nuts. Pour some oil and honey over them and then sprinkle salt and cinnamon on top. Toss the mixture well and spread it evenly on the sheet. 
  3. Place in the oven to bake until the coconut becomes golden brown, which is about 20-25 minutes. Make sure around the 10 minute mark to flip the granola and spread it out evenly again. 
  4. After pulling the granola out of the oven, let it cool on the cooking sheet and then mix in the dried fruit then store in an air-tight container. It can stay in your pantry or on your counter. 

Get The Full (Printable) Recipe Below For How To Make Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe. Enjoy!

Store your granola in a mason jar for safe keeping

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good substitute for coconut?

If you are not a fan of coconut, you can omit it entirely. Yet if you wanted to replace it, you could add in another nut or dried fruit, like cashews or dried apricots. 

Can I add other ingredients to this granola? 

Yes, you can add anything you like! Just be sure to hold off on adding dried fruit until after it bakes.

Is homemade granola healthy for you? 

Granola can be healthy because it is packed with fiber and nutrients, but with every addition of nuts, dried fruits, and seeds, the calorie count grows higher. Even so, this granola recipe is high in fiber, protein, iron, and heart-healthy fats. 

How Long Does Homemade Granola Last? 

When you store this recipe in an airtight container, it can last up to 3 weeks at room temperature or in the fridge. If you put this in the freezer, it will last up to 6 months.

Adding milk to make this recipe like cereal

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Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe – Our favorite family recipe of granola. Just like grandmas used to make! Loaded with seeds, nuts, and fruit.
Servings: 5 cups



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Mix oats, coconut, seeds, and nuts on the cookie sheet. Pour oil and honey over the mixture and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon. Toss well. Spread the mixture evenly over the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the coconut is golden-brown, flipping once and respreading after 10 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheet.
  • Once cooled, mix in the dried fruit and store in an air-tight container.



Serving: 1cup, Calories: 547kcal, Carbohydrates: 67g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 212mg, Potassium: 520mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 570IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 3.9mg
Course: Healthy, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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26 comments on “Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe”

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  2. Made this granola and it was SO good! I gave some to my friends too, it makes a wonderful gift!

  3. This is such a delicious and flavorful granola recipe!! So good!

  4. One of the easiest granola recipes I have tried! 

  5. Yum! My daughter loves cereal. She’s definitely going to like this recipe! Can’t wait to show her!

  6. What an amazing & healthy recipe sommer and it looks soo yummy & sound too delicious also…I can’t wait to try ti..Thanks for sharing…..!

  7. Hello Sommer, this Granola recipe is quite an interesting read. The recipe is straightforward and easy to make. I would be doing this over and over again. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Awesome, easy-to-follow recipe. My babies loved the outcome. Thanks Sommer for sharing.

  9. Hi Sommer, this is a perfect recipe for cheat days. Would definitely try it out on Sunday.

    Keep up with the good work.


  10. Looks delicious and easy to make, now I can make at home and will try this week hope it’ll as good as you do, my kids very love this. Five stars for you and thanks for sharing Sommer!

  11. Legit speechless, that classic homemade granola recipe looks unreal! Definitely I will make it on the weekend for my family.

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  13. This recipie you share is really nice, and oats and seed is good for our health and fitness..

  14. Hello,

    Looks awesome!!!
    It’s r really amazing (:

  15. Really this would be special and great recipe, Sommer! Wholesome breakfast for people with healthy lifestyle! Thx for quality pictures and recipe!

  16. Oh wow this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe, a definite must try for the cooler months :)

  17. Thanks for the healthy recipe Sommer :) I can make this for breakfast. I wanted to know whether if I can add peanut and dried fig to it.

  18. Granola is very good for health. My kids will love this recipe :). Thank you for your sharing :).

  19. This recipes are just on point for breakfast. There is no skipping it now. Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. what can be a substitute for the coconut ???

  21. I have made this and it’s my go to recipe for granola. I tweak it just a bit and add some walnuts or chopped pecan too

  22. Looks awesome! I’m a clumpy granola girl so I’ll add a whipped egg white and lower the temperature and not stir it. Thanks for sharing!!

  23. Granola is the best to have on hand for breakfast or snack. And the homemade version is so much better than any store bought. This looks delicious.

  24. Dear Sommer – you are too kind! I will always remember your mom's granola and can't wait to try your rendition. I love pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, almonds, and coconut, so this sounds perfect!