Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

I’m a big fan of granola. But I find that many of the store-bought options are lacking in one way or another, such as being bland, containing ingredients I don’t care for, or containing unhealthy preservatives. Luckily, I found a wonderful recipe on the Mother Nature Network website, which after a couple very minor modifications, is now my go-to recipe for Homemade Granola. It’s really easy to make, and provides a great option for a natural, healthy snack.


  • 3.5 c. rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped nuts and seeds, raw and unsalted (I prefer cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 c. pure apple juice
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. grape seed oil
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats and nuts/seeds.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine juice, honey, oil, vanilla, and spices. Microwave for 1 minute, stopping half-way through to stir.
  4. Pour liquid over oats and nuts, and stir to combine.
  5. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread out the granola mixture in a single layer. Bake for 35-45 minutes, stirring every 12 minutes or so to ensure everything browns evenly. When browned to your liking, remove from oven and let cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container.


As I mentioned, this recipe is easy to make, and provides a great option for a natural, healthy snack. I particularly like to use a couple spoonfuls of the granola on a yogurt parfait with fresh fruit and plain yogurt (I prefer Stonyfield Organic Lowfat Yogurt), as well as sprinkled on top of oatmeal.

Bon Appétit!


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