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Easy Homemade Granola Recipe

A delicious Easy Homemade Granola Recipe. Simple to make and perfect for breakfast and snacking! You can add all kinds of extras like chocolate, candy or nuts.

Making granola at home is easy and so so delicious! And so much better than store-bought granola because you can put what ever you like into it. Here is a simple and tasty recipe so you can make your own granola.

About this Brown Sugar Baked Granola:

This homemade recipe for granola is sweetened with brown sugar. It’s baked in the oven to give it a toasty crunchy delicious flavour. This recipe is very versatile, allowing you to add all kinds of extra delicious ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, pumpkin seeds, raisins, dried fruit and more!

A versatile breakfast or snack:

This is a simple, flexible, tasty and inexpensive snack that you can make at home! Perfect for breakfast with milk, served with yogurt (Greek yogurt is delicious) and fresh fruit to make yogurt parfaits, or enjoy as snack. Add extra ingredients and make it a trail mix for hikes, camping, cross country ski trips or skating adventures at the lake. Pack into little individual packages, and you have nutritious and yummy trail mix snack for your whole family.

Brown Sugar Baked Granola Recipe Tips:

  • OATS: Use rolled oats, not quick oats or instant oats.
  • SWEETENER This recipe calls for 1 cup brown sugar, but you can substitute some of that sugar with honey or real maple syrup: 1/3 cup brown sugar and 2/3 cup honey.  
  • BUTTER: You can also substitute the butter for coconut oil or vegetable oil.
  • FLAVOUR OPTION : Substitute the butter for 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Just mix it in before baking, with the water and sugar.
  • CHEWY OR CRUNCHY: If you like granola more chewy, then bake it for about 15 minutes. If you like it more crunchy and with more toasted oat-y flavour, bake it longer. 
  • GRANOLA HARDENS AS IT COOLS: Granola will harden as it cools, so don’t fret if it’s falling apart right after coming out of the oven, just leave it alone. After about 15 minutes or so of cooling, it will harden into chunks. At this point you can decide if you want clumpy granola or smaller granola, just break it up as you like.
  • MORE TASTY ADDITIONS: You can add chia seeds, hemp seeds, raisins, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, different nuts (like whole almonds, pecans or walnuts), flax seeds, shredded coconut (about 1/2 cup)…use your imagination!
  • STORAGE: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature, in your cupboard for about 2-3 weeks (I like to use a large mason jar). No need to refrigerate, and doesn’t freeze well.

Make it a Trail Mix!

The best thing about this granola recipe is you can turn it into a homemade trail mix to take hiking and camping! Here are some delicious additions:

  • Dried fruit: apricots, cherries, blueberries, apples, craisins
  • Chocolate coated candy like Smarties or M&M’s
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts: peanuts, cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, either toasted or untoasted. Toasted nuts pack more flavour!

Easy Homemade Granola Recipe

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A delicious Easy Homemade Granola Recipe. Simple to make and perfect for breakfast and snacking! You can add all kinds of extras like chocolate, candy or nuts.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups granola 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Oven


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Base Recipe:

  • 4 cups rolled oats (don’t use quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

OPTIONS to add after baking (I used about 1 cup combined):

  • candy coated chocolate
  • nuts
  • shredded coconut
  • chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large pot melt the butter, then mix in sugar and water.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Add the oats. Mix well.
  5. Line a large baking pan or sheet pan with parchment paper then spread out the granola mixture in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 15-25 minutes. Keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t burn, it should be golden brown when done.
  7. When it’s done baking, let the granola cool.
  8. Once the granola has cooled, add some tasty treats like candy coated chocolate, nuts or shredded coconut.

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  1. great pick, i love granola. i have been watching averie’s blog for a while, so i know how hard choosing one of her recipes must have been. your blog is so beautiful!

  2. This is so good! I’ve been making it for years now and just realized there wasn’t a review! So if you’re looking for an easy, delicious granola, you just found it!
    Thank you for sharing!!