“It’s breakfast food!” I shout at her as she takes a handful of homemade granola out of the jar and scurries off.
I am only pretending to be mad at her. I did make the granola as a quick and easy breakfast option for crazy school mornings, but it’s an excellent healthy after school snack choice too, and it’s delicious.
I’ve finally perfected my granola recipe. It’s the perfect amount of crunchy and sweet, with little clusters of healthy goodies and lots of cinnamon. The only problem is, my kids can’t get enough of it and it disappears as fast as I can make it!
This a basic homemade granola recipe, and it is easy to modify which makes it perfect for kids.
The base of the granola is 3 cups of rolled oats and 1 cup of add-ins.
We make our granola nut-free because my kids have allergies. So instead of nuts, our add-ins are puffed quinoa, pepitas, and sunflower seeds. Your can make up your one cup of add-ins with whatever you like – almonds, walnuts, coconuts, flax seeds etc. Chop any large items like whole nuts and seeds into smaller chunks so your granola will stick together in delicious clusters.
The wet and sticky ingredients that hold the granola all together are 1/3 cup of honey or maple syrup, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/3 cup of coconut oil.
We use honey because we have some nice bees that make it for us, but maple syrup is a delicious option, or you could also use other sugar syrups. Regular brown sugar is good, but any kind of granulated sugar is also fine. But don’t forget the coconut oil, it helps to make the granola nice and crispy and adds a kick of good fats.
And then you can add whatever flavouring you like. We almost always use vanilla and cinnamon, sometimes a little nutmeg too. If you like dried fruit, add a handful (or three) to the granola after you’ve baked it.
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup add-ins - nuts, seeds, grains, coconut etc
- ⅓ cup honey or maple syrup
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup dried fruit (optional)
- Pre-heat your oven to 150 C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- In a medium sized bowl combine the oats and add-ins and mix well.
- Add the cinnamon to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- In small microwave safe bowl melt the coconut oil and honey for 20-30 sections. Stir in the sugar and zap in the microwave for another 10 seconds.
- Add the vanilla to the wet ingredients and stir gently.
- Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and mix until everything well coated.
- Spread the granola out onto the baking tray and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes
- Remove the granola from the oven when it starts to become golden. Add any dried fruit and mix gently then press the granola into the tray and leave it to cool.
- Once cooled break up the granola into little chunks and clusters.
- Store in an airtight container in the pantry.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
Our easy homemade granola is perfect as a quick and easy breakfast option. My kids eat it like cereal – a big bowl of it with cold milk. It’s also great sprinkled on the top of a bowl of yoghurt or stewed fruit.
It’s a pretty great snack too, plus it’s pretty delicious sprinkled on top of muffins, and awesome in a parfait… There are so many delicious ways to eat this stuff that I usually make a double batch!
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