Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe

Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe | ASpicyPerspective.comOur Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe, just like mom used to make!

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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.

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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 about our favorite dorm room snack… My mom’s granola.

I had almost forgot. 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.

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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 Classic Homemade Granola Recipe, I tend to do as mom did and use whatever I find in the pantry to mix in with the oats.

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Yet when I’m planning ahead, the Best Classic Homemade 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.

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In my family we eat our Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe as cereal with milk or yogurt.

We also 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.

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5 from 3 votes

Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
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
Nutrition Facts
Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 547 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Potassium 520mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 34g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 11.4%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 21.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons oil or melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Mix oats, 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.
  2. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the coconut is golden-brown. Cool on the cookie sheet.
  3. Once cooled, mix in the dried fruit and store in an air-tight container.

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last updated December 11, 2018

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17 comments on “Best Classic Homemade Granola Recipe

  1. Monica from Best Consumer Reportsposted April 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm Reply

    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!

  2. Kara Mathys @Wellnessgritposted January 28, 2019 at 6:08 am Reply

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

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  4. mackposted February 9, 2018 at 6:55 am Reply

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

  5. Loiseposted February 1, 2018 at 2:32 am Reply


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

  6. Julia Kruzposted July 18, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply

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

  7. Vickieposted April 10, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply

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

  8. Edgarposted November 28, 2016 at 6:23 am Reply

    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.

    • Sommerposted December 6, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply

      Hi Edgar,

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

  9. Emmaposted November 27, 2016 at 9:27 am Reply

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

  10. Jenniferposted October 16, 2016 at 10:12 am Reply

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

  11. Annette Dressenposted September 27, 2016 at 4:28 pm Reply

    what can be a substitute for the coconut ???

    • Sommerposted September 28, 2016 at 9:04 am Reply

      Hi Annette,

      You can just leave it out, but it does add greatly to the flavor. Maybe add in a another nut for variety?

  12. Rochelleposted September 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

    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

  13. dcposted September 14, 2016 at 8:11 am Reply

    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!!

  14. Emily @ Life on Foodposted September 13, 2016 at 8:03 am Reply

    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.

  15. lauraposted February 6, 2010 at 7:40 pm Reply

    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!