If making your own granola seems just a bit intimidating, never fear!
Homemade granola is simple to make, super yummy, healthy and frugal!
I’ve been making my own granola for over ten years, and now my daughters can make it too.
I like to make a really big batch and store it in a large, glass jar on our counter.
In this post, I’m going to share with you my basic recipe for making a big batch of homemade granola.
This recipe yields about 16-20 cups of granola. Our family will eat up a batch this size within two weeks, but back in the day when my kids were fewer and younger I always froze the extra.
(Read more about freezing whole foods.)
You can easily tweak this recipe to make spiced granola, peanut butter granola, or whatever else you can come up with. The possibilities really are endless!
If you prefer to follow a recipe, I’ve shared several of our favorite granola recipes on the blog (you can find them here).
Kristy’s Basic Granola Recipe
what you’ll need:
*16 cups of oats
sprinkle of sea salt
**6 sticks butter
1 C raw sugar
1/2 C pure maple syrup
1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
*sometimes I roll my own oats with the Bosch oat roller attachment, but most of the time I simply buy oats from a whole foods super market. My personal preference is to buy organic, quick oats. If you like a crunchier granola, use old fashioned oats instead.
**I’ve been using Challenge brand of butter for several years and am very happy with it. It’s made from antibiotic-and-hormone-free milk, and is readily available at our local Super Walmart.
how to make it:
Divide the oats between three large (9″x16″) pans. I sometimes bake granola in just two pans, but it’s easier to stir without making a mess if you don’t fill the pans quite so full!
Sprinkle a little sea salt over the oats and gently stir. If you’re making a spiced granola, now is the time to add in cinnamon, nutmeg, or other spices!
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. If you decide to make peanut butter granola, substitute 1 jar of all natural peanut butter for two of the sticks of butter.
Once the butter begins to melt, add the raw sugar and maple syrup. Stir until everything is very smooth and the sugar is completely dissolved.
Remove the saucepan from heat, and stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour the butter mixture over the oats. Divide the liquid as evenly as you can between the three pans of oats!
Gently fold in the liquid until the oats are well covered.
Bake the granola, uncovered, in a pre-heated 350-degree oven. You’re going to bake the granola for about 45 minutes, but set the timer in 15 minute increments! Stir the granola each time the time goes off to keep it from over cooking on the top, bottom or sides.
If you’re adding dried fruit, seeds, or nuts, fold them into the oat mixture ten minutes before the baking time is up. If you bake dried fruit, seeds or nuts too long, they will scorch!
Once the granola is nicely browned, remove it from the oven and set it on the counter top to cool for about 30 minutes.
Store the granola in an air tight container, or freeze the extra in freezer-safe bags or containers.
We enjoy our homemade granola with raw milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.
It’s also delicious with organic vanilla yogurt, or just as a snack by itself!
On extra busy week nights, sometimes we even eat it for supper!
My other granola recipes are right here, if you want to take a look!
(If you want to try this recipe later, don’t forget to pin it!)
Have you ever made your own granola?