Don’t Buy It, Make It!

It’s easy to buy granola, but why on earth would you when the label lists over 20 ingredients, half of which you can’t pronounce? No thank you. Sure, some of those 5-syllable words are harmless, but it just doesn’t taste the same as homemade granola. I mean, what’s better, ripping open a box and pulling apart a plastic bag or opening your grandmother’s old mason jar, with the scent of cinnamon tickling your nose, and scooping out your own version? Or how about the satisfaction of having coworkers gawk in amazement after watching you pour your homemade wonder into your yogurt at lunch! You will be the talk of the lunch table for sure…in a good way! Have I convinced you yet? The cool thing is that granola is super easy, fast and customizable! Woo hoo! So, here’s a base recipe, but add things and change it up how you like. Experiment and report back!

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Easy Homemade Granola

  • Author: Sara Haas


A simple granola recipe that you can make your own!


  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, etc), roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, etc)
  • 2 tablespoons mixed seeds (chia, sunflower, pepitas, etc)


  1. Preheat oven to 300’F.
  2. Combine the oats, nuts, butter, honey, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix mix well.
  3. Spread the oat mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake about 25-30 minutes or until golden, stirring every 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and stir in dried fruit and seeds. Cool completely before storing.


  • Calories: 4281
  • Sugar: 93
  • Sodium: 644
  • Fat: 169
  • Saturated Fat: 47
  • Unsaturated Fat: 108
  • Trans Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 595
  • Protein: 135
  • Cholesterol: 122