On most mornings, I tend to start off my day with a large bowl of granola mixed with Greek yogurt.
It’s become my staple breakfast these days, because of how quick and easy it is to bring together, and how it keeps me full all the way till lunchtime.
Since I eat so much of this, I want to teach you my recipe for a homemade version that is so easy to make and so quick to bring together.
And best of all – it can be made in large batches during the weekend, so you can prep enough for breakfast (or even a snack) for the coming week.
All you need is a combination of oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and some flavorings of choice, mixed together with a liquid sweetener and a bit of vegetable oil. And in just under an hour to make it, you’ll have a big jar of freshly made cereal so soon!
For this recipe, you are going to start off by placing all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well until they are blended together.
Allow it to cool completely before breaking into pieces and storing in an airtight jar or container.
Shall we make a batch today? Let’s go to the recipe right now!
Cooking by the Numbers…
Step 1 – Set out the Ingredients
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Step 2 – Mix and Combine
Place the oats, almonds, pecans, pepitas, raisins, salt, and ground cinnamon in a large mixing bowl, and mix well to combine.
Don’t limit yourself to just cinnamon – try other spices, like ground cloves and nutmeg, for a different flavor profile!
Next, stir together the oil, honey, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl.
Pour this liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir very well until everything is evenly distributed.
Step 3 – Spread and Bake
Transfer the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it into an even layer.
Bake until it turns golden, around 20 minutes. Make sure to stir it halfway through so it cooks evenly throughout.
Step 4 – Cool, Break, and Store
Allow to cool thoroughly. It will continue to crisp up further as it cools. Once it is fully cooled down, break it up into pieces.
To store, place it an in airtight container at room temperature. It will keep like this for up to 2 weeks.
Step 5 – Serve and Enjoy
Pour some over a generous serving of milk or your favorite yogurt, like our recipe for dairy-free coconut yogurt.
Another morning meal idea? Our frozen yogurt popsicles with blueberry jam and oats are the perfect on-the-go breakfast to incorporate a cup of this freshly made cereal.
Tuck in, and enjoy!
A Healthy, Protein-Filled Way to Start Your Day!
The best way to kick off your day is to fill up with a good breakfast that will last you all the way until lunch.
This easy homemade recipe can be made in a large batch, and will last for up to two weeks, so you can have a quick but nutritious breakfast every day of the week.
Take a look at all of our breakfast recipes for more fun ideas to start your day.
And if you’re looking specifically for another oat-happy snack, try some of these recipes:
Or for an extra bit of texture to your dessert, mix some of this with the topping on our quick and easy fruit crumble.
Have you tried making your own granola before? What ingredients did you use? Tell us in the comments below!
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Photos by Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published October 20th, 2014 by Sandy Weismann. Revised and updated September 8th, 2017 by Felicia Lim.
*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Felicia Lim
Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.