My husband and I love granola and until a few years ago, we were buying store bought versions. However, we noticed sometimes these packaged products came with a long ingredient list, often had a lot more oil/sugar added including sweetened dried fruits and were not very cheap either. So I tried to make a homemade healthier version which worked so well I have been making it ever since. Here’s the vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free (if using gluten-free oats) granola recipe below…it’s really easy!

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Easy Homemade Granola
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
An easy vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free homemade granola recipe. Great for snacking on by itself or as part of a trail mix, or to use for breakfast in the morning.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 446 kcal
Author: @dietitian_mom
Ingredients
  • 7 cups rolled oats [770 g] (or old fashioned oats)
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil [60 mL] (or other vegetable oil)
  • ½ cup honey [120 mL] (or maple syrup or agave nectar)
  • ¾ cup dried coconut flakes [75 g] (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F (or 170 C)

  2. Mix coconut flakes and oats in a wide bottomed pan (this will cause the coconut flakes to get toasted in the process of baking the granola). If you like you can also add in nuts and seeds at this point.
  3. Heat honey and oil in a small saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute. Then remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract (optional).
  4. Pour the honey-oil mixture over the oat mixture and stir until coated.
  5. Spread the granola out evenly in the baking pan and bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir every 5-10 minutes to prevent burning. (It helps to set a timer!)
  6. Let the granola cool completely before adding in chopped dried fruit.
Recipe Notes

If you are going to measure out honey in a measuring cup, measure out oil into the cup first, then use the same cup to measure the honey. The honey will slide out like magic. Less mess!

 

Also, you can choose instead to add in the coconut flakes, nuts, seeds and dried fruit at the end after the granola is out of the oven and has cooled down. Note that if you can’t get plain dried coconut flakes you can use the sweetened version. You can also leave the coconut flakes out if you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Granola
Amount Per Serving
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 310mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 22%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 18g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 4%
Iron 18.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This homemade granola won’t have the clusters you see in store bought versions since less oil/sugar is used, but it tastes just as good. Of course, you can adjust the amount of oil/sugar you like according to your preference, and try variations by adding in different dried fruits, nuts, seeds. We make a big batch each time and just freeze portions. Enjoy or give away as edible gifts!

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