The Best Homemade Granola in 30 Minutes
In our house, breakfast is a free for all. It's a meal we rarely have together (except on Sundays), mainly because we have vastly different preferences. Anyone else? 🙋♀️
The kids like french toast or jelly eggs (an omelet with strawberry jam - one of my childhood favorites!), Nolan skips it all together and goes straight for lunch, and I like eating within two hours of waking up (or less).
My breakfast meals usually consist of one of two options:
Granola with Greek yogurt and fruit
Lately, granola is really hitting the spot.
I make a big batch on Sundays so that I have it for the week. It's so easy, way cheaper than the small, gourmet bags you get at the store, healthy, and delicious!
My recipe is based off of my twin sister's recipe in her book Feast by Firelight.
The Best Homemade Granola Recipe
4 cups of rolled oats
⅔ cup of vegetable oil (I use olive or avocado oil)
⅓ cup of maple syrup or honey
⅓ cup of ground flaxseed
1 tsp of cinnamon
Optional add-ins (⅓ cup each): raw nuts or seeds (seed ideas: pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, chia; nut ideas: cashew pieces, almond slivers, walnut pieces) or dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or date pieces)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and prepare a baking sheet that's lined with parchment paper or a non-stick silicone mat (like this one).
Add all dry ingredients to the bowl and mix so they are combined
Measure your vegetable oil into a measuring cup and then add in the maple syrup or honey
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well until all of the dry ingredients are shiny and wet
Spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and flatten down with a spatula or wooden spoon. You can make sure it's pressed up right to the edges.
Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes. When I start to smell the granola cooking, I know it's almost done. You can remove it when it looks light golden brown. I like to leave it on the baking sheet until it cools so it gets really crispy.
Once cooled, you can break it up (but not too much if you want those yummy clusters!), put it into an airtight container and store it in the cupboard.
And that's it! It's so easy and soooo satisfying. I love this served with fresh fruit (berries, mango, papaya), Greek yogurt and a splash of oat milk. We hope you enjoy!