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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