Healthy Homemade Granola

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The best things in life are often the most simple. Illamae’s Granola is incredibly easy and only requires a few ingredients to make. Simple, delicious, and versatile- a triple threat!

This chunky granola is made with just oil, honey, oats, and nuts. It is quick to whip up and you can add just about anything to it that you want.

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Easy Homemade Granola Recipe

Once you try homemade granola, you will never buy it from the store again. It is so good, you can control what you are putting into the granola, and it is so easy.  4 ingredients and you are in business. 

This granola is basic but it creates an awesome base so if you want to add chocolate chips, coconut, raisins etc. it is really simple to do. 

Granola is a snack that everyone loves. It is delicious on top of yogurt or you can eat it like cereal with milk. I’m also known to just snack on it by the handful.

How is cooking with honey different from table sugar?

Honey burns pretty easily. If your granola is looking dark or smelling like it’s burning, turn the oven down 25 degrees and take it out the pan while the oven cools. Burnt honey granola isn’t the best. However, honey has a great flavor and is more natural!

What other things can I mix into granola?

This granola tastes great as is or you can add a variety of mix-ins. If you are in the mood to add something consider, craisins, dried fruit or chocolate chips. You really can’t go wrong here.

How long does homemade granola last?

Homemade granola lasts 3-4 weeks when stored in an airtight container. You can also freeze granola for up to 6 months. 

Is homemade granola less expensive to make?

Yes! I love making granola because it is not only healthier but it is cheaper than buying it from the store. I like to buy the ingredients for granola in bulk to make it even more cost effective. 

Is homemade granola healthy?

Granola contains healthy fats, iron, protein, and is a great source of fiber. If you eat granola in moderation, it is a great addition to a healthy diet.

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bowls of yogurt with granola and berries on it
5 from 3 votes

Healthy Homemade Granola

Healthy homemade granola made with oats, honey, coconut oil and your choice of add-ins. You’ll love this simple healthy breakfast recipe.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16 cups


Basic Recipe:

  • 6 cups uncooked oats, (old fashioned or quick oats or a mix of the two)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour or oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Add 3 more cups of any combination of these (if using none, add an additional cup of oats):

  • chopped nuts or seed
  • dried fruit
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • chocolate chips, (add after it bakes and cools, and probably not more than a cup of them total)
  • I also like to add 1-2 tablespoon of cinnamon or other similar spices
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  • Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Line a big cookie sheet with parchment and grease lightly.
  • In a large bowl combine the oats, flour, salt, and cinnamon if using, stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the coconut oil, honey, and vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients. Mix everything together making sure there are no dry spots.
  • Add any additions you would like and stir to combine.
  • Spread granola onto the prepared cookie sheet in an even layer. The pan will be nice and full. Bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven and let the granola cool, it will be a deep golden color. 
  • Once the granola has cooled break it into smaller pieces as you see fit (we like some chunky and eat it like a cookie and some we break up small in our bowls for cold cereal). 
  • Store in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge if you aren’t going through it very quickly.


  • This recipe is very forgiving. If I am feeling cheap or plain I don’t add any nuts or dried fruit. The plain-jane granola is excellent with yogurt and berries. Do add an additional cup of oats if you aren’t adding any other extras. 
  • I like to make this recipe on a silicone baking mat. It helps keep the mess at a minimum. Do you have one yet?
  • We loved a cup each of unsweetened coconut flakes, salted sunflower seeds, and chopped pecans in this recipe, they’re a really good combination and the one I make the most often.
  • To make oat flour just add some oats to a blender or food processor and blend until it creates a nice flour, measure after blending.


Serving: 1/2 cup of 16 cups, Calories: 412kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 150mg, Potassium: 221mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 2mg
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And some yogurt to go with your granola:

And there you have it, one very simple granola recipe that you can use as your base recipe. Feel free to add nuts, seeds, and dried fruit as you like. You can’t go wrong with this recipe!

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  1. Alyssum says:

    has this recipe changed from before? I have been making it for years, but didn’t commit to memory and I thought there was water in it. And maybe less oil and honey. Am I wrong?

    1. Melissa says:

      I did take out the water (it was a 1/2 cup) and everything else is the same, I don’t add as many mix in’s most of the time so it doesn’t need the water really, but if you are adding all the nuts and stuff go ahead and keep adding it.

  2. Bernice Virkler says:

    5 stars

    1. Melissa says:

      I think I’m going to make this today after seeing your lovely picture! Thank you for taking the time to post it!

  3. Katie swanson says:

    Our family Loves this recipe! I’ve lost track of how many times we have made it. I substituted almond flour today for the wheat. My 5 year old loves it mixed with vanilla yogurt and tons of fresh strawberries. Delicious!

    1. Melissa says:

      Yay!! It’s a constant at our house too. So glad you took the time to tell me, totally made my day!

  4. Allison Brown says:

    I am allergic to coconut, do you have any suggestions for alternatives for this recipe?

    1. Melissa says:

      Yes! Leave it out… and as for the oil, just sub an oil you like – avocado, canola, vegetable, and olive oil all work. You can sub the coconut flakes for nuts if you like.