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Sweet and Simple Granola

Crispy and sweet with a whole lot of crunch! Our homemade Sweet and Simple Granola is the end all topper and compliment for just about anything you want to eat! Delicious on yogurt, in cookies, breads, muffins or just eaten raw, this granola is addicting in all the right ways! Toss it on a Breakfast Banana Split or mix it in with a Chia Parfait to get the best homemade breakfast ever! Throw it in a bowl with some milk and there is your cereal. The possibilities are endless!

Granola in a bowl

We are big granola consumers in our house. We would buy a lot of it and often. Our kids like to munch on it and we like to dress up otherwise mundane things. We decided to make our own so we could control what was in it. This recipe is a much healthier option because we make it with whole grains and it is naturally sweetened. Did we mention that it’s also super easy to make? All you need is a mixing bowl and a few pantry staples!

Can I substitute quick oats for rolled oats in granola?

Yes! Rolled oats are most commonly used in granola bars, cookies, muffins, and other baked goods. Instant oats can be used in place of rolled oats, although the cook time will be much less, and the final dish might not have as much texture. Sometimes, when in a pinch, I will substitute quick oats, but my family far prefers old fashioned oats.

How long will homemade granola last?

Granola can be stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place for six months… sometimes longer! You can also freeze granola and granola bars just as you would cookies or other treats: wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and/or in resealable freezer bag.

Ingredients for Sweet and Simple Granola

Ingredients for Sweet and Simple Granola:

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Honey
  • Vanilla Extract

How to make our Sweet and Simple Granola:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Measure out the oats and add to a large mixing bowl. Next, pour in the sweetened coconut flakes. Stir until fully combined. Add in both the oil and the honey to the dry mixture. Mix completely.

Ingredients in a bowl for Sweet and Simple Granola

Next, line a 9×13 (or larger) baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You want to do this step so that the honey doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pan. You will need to be mixing the granola a few times while baking and you’ll want the oats to move about freely. Plus – it makes clean up so much easier!

Granola mix in a bowl being stirred

Next, spread the granola evenly on the parchment paper and put it in the oven. Set a timer for 45 minutes. You will want to stir the mixture every 10-12 minutes throughout the baking process so that everything cooks evenly. Once 45 minutes is up, you will notice how golden brown it has become. Pull from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled, place in an airtight container and enjoy!

Granola being stirred on baking sheet

One of our favorite parts about cooking and creating recipes is the ability to make something that leaves some room for alterations. This is a recipe that you can tailor to your specific likes: use maple syrup instead of honey, use coconut oil, throw in some dried fruits to fancy it up, or add cinnamon and nutmeg to give it more flavor! If you or your kids are crazy about granola bars like ours are, pop on over to this page on how to make our amazing Granola Bar Treats from scratch with only three other ingredients! Like we said, the possibilities are endless with this yummy granola!

Sweet and Simple Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Toss the oats, coconut and almonds together in an extra large bowl.
  3. Whisk together oil and honey in a small bowl.
  4. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir until oats and nuts are coated.
  5. Pour into a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan (best if pan has sides- easier for stirring)
  6. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula until the mixture turns a nice golden brown color, about 40 minutes. Keep a close eye on it, it will brown easily!
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally.
  8. Store in an airtight container.


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