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Healthy homemade granola made with no refined sugars.

Basic Granola

A basic recipe for granola that you can customize based on your pantry ingredients
Course Breakfast
Keyword granola
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Author Heather


  • 3 1/2 cups oats old-fashioned, steel cut, quick oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts pecans, walnuts, almonds
  • 1 cup seeds sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruit raisins, coconut, craisins, dried cherries, dried mango
  • 1 cup liquid sugar honey, maple syrup, agave
  • 1/4 cup oil olive oil, safflower oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice or juice from 1 large orange
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, seeds, liquid sugar, oil, orange juice, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Stir to combine until all the dry ingredients are coated.
  • Line 1 large or 2 small rimmed baking sheets with parchment (or grease the pan if you don't have parchment).  Spread the granola mixture onto the baking sheets in one layer.
  • Bake for about 1 hour.  Every 15-20 minutes stir the granola.  The granola is finished baking when it's a deep golden color and it doesn't feel wet.  It may still feel slightly damp but it will crisp up when it cools.
  • Allow granola to cool completely.  After it has cooled, pour into a large bowl and mix in dried fruit.  Store in airtight container and enjoy!