Baking · Breakfast · Gluten-Free · Granola · Vegan

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!

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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Baking · Breakfast · Granola

Maple Pecan Granola

Sweet and crunchy maple pecan granola. Better than store bought, this granola makes a great breakfast or healthy snack. 

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If you’ve never made your own granola, then this is a brilliant recipe to try. Making homemade granola couldn’t be more easy! I really enjoy baking my own completely from scratch, it makes a great affordable and healthy breakfast and when you make it yourself, the real bonus is you know exactly what ingredients have gone into it.

As summer nears to a close, autumn is just around the corner, and I am super excited to start new seasonal baking. So I’m kicking off the new season with this crunchy, golden and delicious maple pecan granola. I’ve shared a few granola recipes on the blog so far, including this vanilla almond granola which is a favourite of ours. I’ve used that granola as a base recipe for this maple and pecan version, the only change I made was cooking the granola at a slightly lower temperature for longer. You can never have enough granola recipes on hand!

I’ve added light brown sugar to my granola, this adds a very light molasses flavour and also gives it that perfect crunch. I love the rich maple flavour with the crunchy toasted pecans. When the pecans toast and caramelise in the oven they remind me of pecan pie.

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My favourite way to serve this granola has to be with milk or Greek yoghurt, topped with mixed berries. But it certainly tastes great on its own – I often munch on a few handfuls for an afternoon pick-me-up. It makes quite an addictive treat to snack on!

Ingredients:

300g (3 1/2 cups) jumbo rolled oats

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

100g (1 scant cup) pecans, roughly chopped

200g (7 ounces) maple syrup

4 tablespoons oil

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Additional – 

Dried fruit – apricots, dates or prunes

Pumpkin, chia, sunflower seeds

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F / 150°C / 130 Fan / Gas Mark 2 . Line 1-2 large baking sheets with non-stick parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a small saucepan melt together the maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract on a medium heat. When the mixture is runny, take off the heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl mix together the oats, brown sugar, chopped pecans and cinnamon. Pour the wet mixture over the oats and mix to coat fully. Make sure you cover all the oats.
  4. Spread out evenly on 1-2 large baking trays. Bake for 45-60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Cook until light golden and toasted. Granola will feel soft at this point, but as it cools the air will make it crunchy.
  5. Remove tray from oven once cooked and allow to cool. Once cooled store in an airtight container or jar for up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes:

  • You can use any oil you like – coconut oil, regular vegetable or canola oil would work well.
  • Adjust spices to your taste, add ins include a 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg or cloves. You can also add an extra 1/2 tsp cinnamon for more spiced flavour.
  • Top with anything you like. Dates would really well with this granola, but you could also top with sliced strawberries, banana or blueberries.

Enjoy!

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