Easy Homemade Granola

by Her Happy Balance on September 15, 2014

As a little kid, one of my favorite things was coming home from school, walking in the front door, and immediately being greeted by the smells of my mother’s cooking. Sometimes it would be garlic and I knew I was having spaghetti with my mom’s homemade sauce. Other times it was the smell of a roast slowly cooking in the oven for hours until my dad came home from work for dinner. But my favorite smells were when my mother was baking – Irish soda bread, zucchini bread, homemade cookies. In general, we’re not a baking family. We make cakes for birthdays, cookies at Christmas time and the occasional treat here and there. So coming home to the smell of something sweet was a rare treat.

I have yet to find something that rivals the smell of homemade granola goldening up in the oven. If love had a scent attached to it, it would have to be warm vanilla and cinnamon. Fortunately, this recipe has both, so go ahead and fill your house up with lots and lots of love…

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Easy Homemade Granola
An easy-to-make and deliciously addictive, crunchy granola with flavors of brown sugar and cinnamon
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 Cups rolled oats
  2. 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  3. 1/3 Cup chia seeds
  4. 3 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
  5. 1 Tsp. cinnamon
  6. 1/2 Tsp. Kosher salt
  7. 2/3 Cup honey
  8. 1/2 Cup coconut oil*
  9. 2 Tsp. vanilla extract
  10. 1 Cup dried fruit, diced
  11. 1 Cup nuts, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients except the fruit and nuts. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix well. Pour wet ingredients on top of oat mixture and mix until well combined. Spread oat mixture onto 2 lined baking sheets in an even layer. Bake oats for 15 minutes, flip, then continue baking an additional 10 minutes. Oats should turn a light golden brown. Allow oats to cool - they will get crunchy and harden as they cool. Remove oats from trays with a spatula, toss in a large bowl with chopped fruit and nuts. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *I used liquified coconut oil. If your coconut oil is solid at room temperature, gently heat it in the microwave in 15 second increments until it liquifies.
  2. I liked to use chopped cherries, cranberries, almonds, peanuts, and walnuts in my granola.
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This granola recipe is as easy as 1-2-3! I threw cherries, cranberries, walnuts, peanuts, and almonds into mine, but it will taste delicious with whatever fruit and nuts you have hanging around your house. And it makes a pretty large batch. But after giving baggies of it to friends and eating handfuls here and there,  it all just seems to magically disappear. It’s addictive! And a little dangerous. I can’t walk through my kitchen without opening up a jar and grabbing a handful. Maybe I should consider storing these jars on a higher shelf…

Thoughts??
What does love smell like to you?
What is your favorite dried fruit?

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Heather @fitncookies September 15, 2014 at 6:32 am

Very yummy! I’m actually not a huge granola fan, but Aaron is. I make it for him all the time to have with yogurt.

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 15, 2014 at 7:23 am

Great, easy recipe. My favorite dried fruit is probably papaya…random, I know. But, it stems from this one organic store I would always go to in high school that had the best dried papaya.

Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties September 15, 2014 at 7:26 am

YUM this looks so good! I can’t stand granola recipes that have all sorts of crazy ingredients that I DEF don’t have in my kitchen… I think I actually have most of the things you list! wahoo!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne September 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

Love this recipe! And I love how the granola looks like it isn’t chunk together! I can get a little obsessive over trying to find the chunks lol. Love love love the smell of cookies or a cake. That was my mom’s things when we were growing up. We never really had store bought cookies, we always made them together. And when it came to our birthdays, she would always make whatever cake or cookie we wanted :).

The Zen Kat September 15, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Favorite dried fruit is definitely mango. This granola would pair perfectly with my yogurt in the morning. I need to make time and try a granola recipe like this. It’s just so easy to buy at the store, but I like how organic your recipe is! Definitely going to pin it!

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