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Basic Homemade Granola

Easy and healthy homemade granola. This recipe will soon be a staple for your weekday breakfast and it can be topped anyway you like!

Originally posted in January 2015, recipe and photographs updated March 2022.

Looking for an affordable, healthy and delicious breakfast recipe? If so, I have a great granola to share with you – a recipe my Mum created. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it’s what sets you up for the day ahead.

Granola just like cake and cookies is another one of my favourite things to make. Most granola recipes I make usually tend to be crunchier, clustered-style granola, which is typically higher in fat and sugar. But since I like to keep as healthy as I can I wanted to share a healthier and lighter granola that can be eaten for breakfast or that could also even be enjoyed as a nourishing snack.

To make my granola, oats are combined with maple syrup, oil and vanilla, the last ingredient of which is an optional addition, but I love the flavour it adds.

Granola is one of my go-to breakfasts to enjoy before heading to work and my favourite way to eat this granola nowadays is with vegan milk or yoghurt and fresh berries or some sliced banana. If you wanted to try something different you can even layer the granola with yoghurt and fruit compotè in a jar and make yourself a granola parfait.

With this basic recipe you can add anything extra you’d like such as different nuts or even dried fruit like apricots, cranberries or raisins. If you’re a chocoholic just like me you can add chocolate chips once the granola is baked and cooled.

This is a speedy breakfast recipe idea, it takes around 15 minutes to prep ready for the oven and then only needs 10 minutes in the oven to bake!

You can adjust the recipe to your taste, add less or more maple syrup depending on how sweet you like it and add a different mix of nuts/seeds you enjoy – this recipe is super customisable.

The recipe makes one large and one small jar of granola, so plenty to keep you going for breakfast throughout the week and beyond!


Basic Homemade Granola

Healthy homemade granola. This recipe will soon be a staple for your weekday breakfast and it can be topped anyway you like!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Author What Jessica Baked Next


  • 350 g jumbo rolled oats
  • 150 g mixed chopped nuts I use 50g of each almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons milled or whole flaxseeds optional - you can also use other seeds you like
  • 5-6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 5-6 tablespoons vegetable oil I use rapeseed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional


  • Preheat oven to 200°C / 180°C Fan / 400°F / Gas Mark 6.
  • Mix the oats, chopped nuts and flaxseed (or seeds of choice if using) in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the maple syrup, oil and vanilla to the oats. Stir the ingredients together until the oats are moistened. Spread the granola out on a large baking tray and bake for 10 minutes or until lightly golden and toasted.
  • Allow the granola to cool before transferring to a jar or airtight container to store it. The granola will keep for up to a month.

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40 thoughts on “Basic Homemade Granola

  1. Happy New Year Jess ! You always have the “chic” to show us the perfect recipe for the perfect moment ! Love your blog so much and I will follow you in the next year, so inspirating ! When I realised the recipes from you, they are always fantastic ! Lots of love for the new year and continued to inspirate us please ! xx

  2. Happy New Year Jessica! This granola looks so easy to make and delicious! I’m definitely planning to eat healthier in 2015, so this is just perfect!

  3. I think I love homemade granola as much as you do!! I eat it everyday! so I love this recipe! this is definitely the perfect, healthy and nutritious breakfast and the way I want to start every morning in 2015!! Happy New Year!!!

  4. Happy New Year, Jess! I love granola and am ashamed that I haven’t made my own yet. This looks so easy, and I bet it would taste fabulous with some Greek yogurt!

  5. There is something very comforting about knowing that this recipe is your mum’s! I’m sure it’s delicious! I love to add Greek yoghurt to my granola, too. Great idea to add a lemon flavoured yoghurt!

  6. Happy New Year, Jess! I made my first batch of homemade granola a few months ago and now I’m obsessed! I love all the flavors you added to this one! I wish I had some for breakfast tomorrow!

  7. Happy New Year Jessica. Like you, I love granola. I never managed to get it right though. I always ended up with something too oily or too dry. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’ll execute it precisely to finally get a tasty granola!

  8. Mmmm….I am a huge granola lover myself. Haven’t taken the time to make some in a while though. These days its usually some quick hot oatmeal, but you are giving me inspiration to start back up on granola 🙂

  9. Homemade granola is seriously the bomb and your version sounds incredible! Love all the healthy additions, and what a great way to start off a new year! xoxo

  10. There’s no shortage of delcious food at this time of year and inspired breakfasts absolutely rock my day! Thankfully it’s summer here so I can be a berry liscious/mad as I please. Thanks for the tasty inspiration Jess and have a terrific new year!

  11. I need to be pulled back onto the health bandwagon as well…and I suspect starting my day with this granola will definitely help!

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