I’ve been meaning to try making homemade granola for a while now. There’s an amazing French bakery here in San Francisco that serves big bowls of Greek yogurt topped with lots of fresh fruit and crunchy golden granola—but I’m afraid I’d go broke if I kept up that habit!
After a little research using my trusty cookbook collection, I realized that granola is unbelievably simple to make. And making it at home is better for you, since you can control what you’re adding to the mix, and it can certainly save you a buck or two. Plus, it tastes so much better than any granola I’ve ever bought!
½ cup if shredded)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In one bowl, mix together the oats, pepitas, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In a larger bowl, mix together the olive oil, agave, and vanilla. Add the oat mixture to the olive oil mixture and stir until oats are thoroughly coated. Spread out the mixture onto a baking sheet (spray first with nonstick spray or use nonstick foil) or parchment paper. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes so the mixture bakes evenly. Remove and let cool.
I like to serve my granola on top of Greek yogurt with whatever fruit is in season. And, since I may or may not have a mason jar obsession, I sometimes bring a parfait to work in the morning—if you add the granola to the top, just before leaving the house, it won’t go soggy. (By the way, am I the only one finds the word parfait unbelievably cringe-worthy?)
Additional Mix-ins or Variations
The fun thing about granola is there’s no one right way to make it. Try any of the ingredients below as add-ins or substitutions, and come up with your own personal favorite homemade granola recipe. Oh, and be sure to tell us how you mixed things up in the comments section!
Seeds – ½ cup
Nuts – ½ cup
Dried Fruit - ½ cup
(to be added once granola has been removed from oven and cooled slightly)
Oil – ½ cup
Sugar or Syrup - ⅓ cup
Spices - ½ tsp or 1 tsp, depending on preference
Extras – ½ cup
Niki comes to us from the financial world, but she’s an online girl at heart. After graduating from Cal, she spent a couple of years traveling and working (Ireland – NY – OC) before finally making it back to San Francisco to pursue a career in business and marketing. An avid fan of handwritten thank you notes, Niki also loves fresh flowers for any occasion, the sound of being underwater, and she firmly believes ketchup bottles do not belong on the breakfast table. When she’s not Musing, you can find her on her blog, wandering around the Ferry Building in San Francisco, or with her nose in a ridiculously addicting YA book.More from this Author