This easy homemade granola is delicious, crunchy, clumpy, filled with the goodness of nuts, seeds, and fruits. A great healthy and tasty breakfast option to start your day. You can also enjoy it as a healthy vegan snack.
In my last organization, the employees were entitled to meal reimbursement. And, the reimbursement limit was quite good. We were just required to collect all the receipts and then submit them after every 2-3 months to get reimbursed.
Only two types of bills were allowed to be submitted- restaurant bill or grocery bills with ingredients which could be consumed uncooked like fruits, yogurt, cup-noodles, granola, bread, chocolates, etc. Bills of things which need cooking like dry lentils, spices, uncooked pasta etc were not allowed to be submitted
Since I always prefer carrying home-cooked food to the office, I used to eat out only occasionally. Do you know where I utilized most of my food reimbursement? Buying granola! Yes, I tried each and every type of granola available in the market. That’s how crazy I am about granola.
That was a time when I didn’t know that making granola at home is so easy and the homemade granola is so much healthier than most of the store brought ones with all the sweeteners, unhealthy fat, and preservatives. Otherwise, I would never have wasted all that money:).
From the day I learned the way of making granola, I never brought it from a store again.
Today I am sharing one of my favorite Easy homemade granola recipes made with rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and, dry fruits.
What’s the difference between Granola and Muesli?
Though a lot of people consider Granola and Muesli to be the same, there are a few differences between them.
- Granola is baked and Muesli is not.
- To form clumps in Granola, oil and sugar are added. Since Muesli doesn’t have clumps it can be made without a sweetener and oil.
- Muesli is considered healthier as it can be made without oil and sweetener. However, if you use unrefined oil and a healthy sweetener like maple syrup or honey, a healthier version of granola can be created.
Interesting facts about Granola:
- Granola was invented in 1863 by Dr. James Caleb Jackson at Jackson Sanitarium at Dansville, New York. It was known as Granula at that time.
- Later a similar cereal was created by John Harvey Kellogg, who changed its name to Granola in order to avoid legal consequences.
- 21st January is celebrated as the National Granola bar day in the USA.
Variation suggestions for easy homemade granola:
It’s very easy to experiment with the granola recipe and create a new version every time. Just mix and match the flavors of different dry fruits, nuts, seeds, types of oats, sweetener, spices.
You can also add chocolate chips, coconut chips, rice flakes, etc to bring the variations.
Tips to make clumpy granola:
I love clumps in my granola and if you do too then just take care of the following basic points:
- Bake granola on low temperature.
- Don’t over bake it otherwise the sugar bonds will break and you will lose the clumps.
- At the halfway baking, stir granola and then gently press it with a spatula. Also, slightly push the granola closer at this stage so that everything sticks together nicely.
- After taking the baking tray out, don’t stir until it becomes cold. For the best result leave it overnight. The next day, break it using your hands.
How to serve Granola?
- Enjoy your clumpy granola with yogurt/ milk (dairy or plant-based). You can also put some fresh cut seasonal fruits on the side to make it healthier and tastier.
- Pick up the clumps and enjoy as a healthy vegan snack.
- Add some on top of your cooked oats to add a crunch.
More healthy vegan breakfast recipes:
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How to make easy homemade granola?
Easy Homemade Granola
- 4 cups rolled oats
- 1.5 cups nuts and/or seeds I have used almonds, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds. You can add whole or chopped nuts.
- 2/3 cup dried fruits I have used cranberries and jumbo black raisins
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1/2 cup melted virgin coconut oil/ any other cooking oil In coconut oil use virgin coconut oil only otherwise the granola will taste too coconutty.
- 1/2 cup maple syrup Non-vegans may use honey.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a bowl add oats, nuts, seeds, salt, and cinnamon powder. Pour oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.
- Spread evenly on a baking tray and put in a pre-heated oven. Bake for around 22-23 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or till they become light golden brown. Don't overbake otherwise you won't get the clumps and the granola may burn also.
- In the halfway of baking slightly stir the granola and then with a spatula bring everything closer and lightly press before continuing the baking, This will help in forming the clumps.
- Once done, put the tray on a cooling rack and don't disturb it for a few hours. Best is if you can keep it like that overnight. The next day just break the granola into pieces with your hands and mix the dried fruits. Keep in an airtight container.
- It will remain fine for around 15 days at room temperature.