Homemade Granola

This is the beauty of making your own granola. Homemade granola is just so perfect. The toastiness. The nuttiness. The freshness! Divine. You can totally customize them according to what you like and make them.

By Vickypee  I  Updated on April 24, 2024

Jump To RecipeHomemade Granola

A tasty homemade granola are my favorite gifts to give and receive during Christmas. An idea for year-round gift giving that are way more meaningful, and it’s an especially thoughtful gift for everyone on your list.

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Build Your Homemade Granola with Different Nuts And Seeds

Here’s my basic recipe for homemade granola, but you can change it with different nuts, seeds, different grains, different dried fruits. This is the beauty of making your own granola, you can totally customize then according what your like. Try creating your own granola using different nuts and seeds, let’s go.

Pick Your Nuts

Nut have evocative aroma, enhancing the taste of other ingredients. Use quick roasted nuts to complement the granola worth the effort.

  • Almonds have a nutty, earthy, and toasty flavor with a light buttery texture that adds a pleasant crunch to your granola. They possess a natural sweetness that is often described as mind and subtle, making them popular ingredient in desserts, snacks, and baked good. The taste of almonds can vary depending on their type and preparation. For example, roasted almonds have a more pronounced flavor due to the oils released during the roasting process, giving them a smoky and salty taste. To enhance their flavor further.
  • Peanuts, these nuts have a rich, nutty flavor that can range from sweet to savory. They are often described as having a creamy texture and a subtly salty taste, especially when roasted and salted. The flavor of peanuts is somewhat similar to that of beans, given that they are both legumes. When dry roasted, peanuts develop a toasted character that enhances their natural flavor. Peanuts offer a delightful combination of sweet and crunchy that we love.
  • Hazelnuts with a rich and sweet flavor, a distinctive earthy and musty aftertaste. When raw, they have a firm yet crunchy texture, which makes them enjoyable as a snack. Roasting hazelnuts enhances their flavor, making them more palatable with a buttery and nutty taste. Different varieties of hazelnuts may have subtle differences in flavor, with some being sweeter and others more earthy or even slightly bitter. They are popular choice in confectioneries, spreads, and as a complement to coffee, where their roasted nutty flavor contrasts well with coffee’s strong and bitter notes.
  • Pecans are known for their rich, buttery flavor with a sweetness that is often accompanied by a slightly bitter aftertaste. When roasted, pecans’ flavor becomes more intense and complex, revealing hints of caramel, vanilla, and roasted nuts. They have a distinctly sweet and buttery flavor, and a mildly flora, forestry aroma, The outside of the nut is slightly bitter, and the flesh within is sweet, buttery and almost fatty. Pecans add crunch to snack and enhancing the taste with their profile.
  • Pistachios, sweet and meaty, this member of the cashew family is rich taste. They have a crunchy texture that gives way to a soft and creamy center. Roasting pistachios enhance their nutty flavor and crunchiness. The taste can also vary depending on the variety and freshness such as raw pistachios have an edible, thin cover that enhances their texture and flavor. Young pistachios taste mild, while mature ones have a sweeter and more robust flavor. Roasted pistachios have a much stronger nutty taste are beloved nut for their unique flavor taste.
  • Pumpkin seeds have a subtle nutty taste that is often described as earthy and savory. They can easily be flavored by roasting, salting, or adding herbs and spices due to their not-so-strong taste. Their flavor become more pronounced, making them a popular snack or complement to various dishes. Pumpkin seed butter, on the other hand, has a rich and nutty taste with a hint of earthy flavor and a creamy texture similar to nut butter and savory.
  • Flaxseeds have a distinctive nutty flavor, often described as earthy with a hit of sweetness. They are commonly used in various dishes for their health benefits and can be enjoyed raw, sprinkled on salad, or added to snack. The taste is mild and blends well with both sweet and savory, making it a must-have ingredient in the kitchen. It’s important to note that fresh flaxseed should have a clean, crips taste, while rancid flaxseed will taste bitter and burnt.
Mix rolled oats and measure nuts and dried fruit.
 Prep Ingredients

Measure 6 cups rolled oats, 1 cup puffed cereal, 1 cup wheat germ, ¼ cup canola oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, ¼ cup apple juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ cup mixed dried fruit, melt 4 tablespoons butter, chop ½ cup pecans and ¼ cup almonds.

Pour melt butter over the oat ingredients and slat.
 Make Oats Mixture

Mix together the oat ingredients and salt. Pour the butter-oil mixture on top. Toss the oats until they’re evenly coated.

Spread the oat mixture onto rimmed baking sheet and bake until toasted.
 Bake Oats Mixture

Spread the oats onto rimmed baking sheet, and bake until toasted, 15 to 20 minutes.

Pour in the sugar mixture into ingredients bowl.
 Form Oats Mixture

Add the puffed rice cereal, wheat germ, nuts, dried fruit to the oats and toss to combine. Combine sugar and apple juice in a saucepan, heat the sugar mixture slowly over medium heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour in the sugar mixture into the oat mixture, stirring and keeping tossing, it will be sticky.

Pour in the oat mixture onto the baking sheet.
 Bake and Finish Dish

Pour in the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Baking until golden 22 to 25 minutes.


Homemade Granola


  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup puffed cereal
  • 1 cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup finely chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped almonds
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mixed dried fruit (such as, raisins, golden raisins, currents, tart red cherries)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and oil.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the oats and salt. Pour the butter-oil mixture on top.
  4. And toss the oats until they’re evenly coated.
  5. Spread the oats onto two rimmed baking sheets and bake them until toast, 15 to 20 minutes. Shake the pans twice so they toast evenly. Set the oats aside to cool for 10 minutes, then put the oats back into the large bowl. Reduced the oven temperature to 325 ˚F, line of the baking sheets with foil, and coat the foil with cooking spray.
  6. Add the puffed rice cereal, wheatgerm, nuts, dried fruit to the oats and toss to combine. Set aside.
  7. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar and apple juice.
  8. Heat the mixture slowly over medium heat, stirring until all is combined. Stir in the vanilla.
  9. Pour the sugar mixture into the oat mixture, stirring as you go.
  10. Keep tossing, it will be sticky.
  11. Pour the oat mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
  12. Bake until golden, 22 to 25 minutes. 
  13. Remove from oven, stir in dried fruit.
  14. Spread granola on a large piece of foil to cool. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days. (Or place in freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months)
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