The Granola Basics

I know you’ve had to have noticed an influx of granola recipes lately. I’m obsessed, what can I say! Anyway, I want to break it down into a customizable granola so that you can make it all your own! 🙂


And just as a recap, you’ll recall my Lemon Blueberry Granola:

And the Homemade Granola:

And finally my Homemade Granola 2:

Moral: If you follow these Granola Basics, you’ll have your own personalized granola in no time! 🙂


1. The Essentials

  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups brown rice crisp
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup natural unsweetened apple sauce (or baby food)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2. The Crunch

  • 2-3 cups of your favorite nuts
    • pecans
    • almonds
    • flaxseeds
    • chia seeds
    • pumpkin seeds
    • sunflower seeds
    • walnuts
    • cashews

3. The Chewy

  • 1-2 cups of your favorite dried fruit
    • raisins
    • cranberries
    • blueberries


4. Put it all together!


  1. Place two oven racks on the top and bottom 1/3 of the oven.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300°.
  3. Set aside two baking sheets with sides lined with a silpat liner, parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  4. In a large bowl, combine both oats, puffed wheat, cinnamon and salt.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the apple sauce, honey, brown sugar, canola oil and vanilla extract.
  6. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  7. Pour the granola on the baking sheets, splitting evenly between the two baking sheets.
  8. With a silicone spatula (or any other flat tool), push down the granola to make a compact, flat and even layer of granola.
  9. Place the baking sheets in the oven for 20 minutes (one on the top, one on the bottom).
  10. While that is in the oven, chop your nuts and combine them in a bowl and set aside.
  11. With a large spatula flip over the granola, cut the larger clumps in half and add the nuts to the baking sheet.
  12. Bake for another 20 minutes stir around and break up any clumps that wouldn’t fit in one bite.
  13. Bake for a final 20-30 minutes, until completely dry and golden brown.
  14. Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheets.
  15. Once cool, add in the dried fruit.
  16. Store in airtight containers and enjoy with milk, on your yogurt, ice cream or in your pancakes!


  1. Love this basic guide for granola so that it can be tweaked out to however you like it! I will be using it for sure as I keep meaning to make my own so that I can stop buying it and am sometimes overwhelemd by all the different granola recipes out there!

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