In my world, there is nothing better than some good homemade granola on top of a bowl of homemade yogurt with some fruit for breakfast (you can download my homemade yogurt recipe here). Only problem: Good granola is not only quite expensive, it is also really hard to find in Denmark, which honestly isn’t the best country to be craving granola in as it is simply not as custom here to eat cereal for breakfast. Naturally, I had no choice but to make it myself and it came out better than I expected.
Now I know there are a million granola recipes out there, but bear with me for another minute so I can tell you what makes this particular recipe so awesome!
What is so great about this specific homemade granola?
Okay, confession time: I tend to have a hard time following recipes. When I cook something based on someone else’s recipe (or even my own) I tend to stray from it quite easily. Either it happens because I don’t have something at home, or because I suddenly have a great idea, etc. I’m sure many of you know what I am talking about.
The problem with this is that sometimes what I am making turns out not quite the way it was supposed to. Not because it was a bad recipe, but simply because I have strayed so far from the recipe that the basic composition of the dish doesn’t work anymore. This can be especially true if you are baking.
What does that have to do with this granola, you wonder?
Well… What I love about this recipe is that it gives me the freedom to come up with endless variations of granola. That way, I will never get tired of eating the same granola over and over and I can stray pretty far from the original recipe and it will still work. So, if you are like me and need a little freedom in your recipes, then this basic recipe is for you. It will fulfill all your granola dreams!
How to store homemade granola?
I keep homemade granola in an airtight container in the pantry. It will stay crisp for about 3-4 weeks, afterwards it will get somewhat stale. I still eat it, but it may not be for everyone. You can also keep it in the fridge. Doing so, will make your homemade granola stay fresh longer. I just don’t have any space in my fridge most of the time.
If you make the granola with fruit juice, you may want to opt for the fridge option, since the fruit will make it go bad faster.
Free Variations Guide
If you want some inspiration or learn more about the different variations I like to make, you can download my Granola Variations PDF, which includes the base recipe, several variations I have made & enjoyed and some tips & tricks that I have learned over time. Get the download here:
The base recipe
A basic granola recipe that gives you the freedom to turn your breakfast into anything you want. Make great granola every time without eating the same thing over and over.
Vegan, refined sugar free, gluten-free
- 3 cups oats (gluten-free optional)
- 1 cups seeds or nuts*
- 1/2 cup dried fruit**
- 1/3 cup raw sugar (optional)
- 1/3 cup oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp fruit juice (optional, otherwise more water)
Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C. Line one baking sheet with a baking mat or baking paper.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
In a medium sized bowl, combine oil, maple syrup, water and fruit juice (if using).
Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, stirring until all of the oat mixture is moistened.
Spread the mixture in the baking sheets, pushing it down with your hands or the bottom of a cup.
Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and press it down once more for extra chunky granola. Flip the mixture over using a large spoon or spatula.
Continue baking it for another 20-30 minutes or until golden brown, flipping and stirring the mix every 10 minutes to ensure even baking
Store in airtight containers. If you used fruit juice, store granola in the fridge, otherwise you can also keep it in the pantry. It will stay good for about 3-4 weeks
* You can mix and match as you desire.
** For example banana chips, shredded coconut, raisins, cranberries, dried apples or tropical fruits.
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