Want to make your own homemade granola? Excellent idea! It is very easy and it tastes delicious. After trying a lot of recipes and making several adjustments, I finally found the ultimate homemade granola formula! This recipe is oil-free and has a great balance of carbs and natural sugar to fuel your performance. Of course, you can adapt this recipe to your taste. Just simply respect this basic ratio of 6 portions of dry ingredients for 1 portion of wet ingredients.
Homemade granola recipe
Base recipe (for about 3 cups of finished granola)
- 1 cup ¾ of oat
- 1 cup of brown rice cereal
- ¼ cup of sliced almonds
- ½ cup of honey
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients together. Add the vanilla extract and the honey and stir thoroughly with a spatula. Lay the mixed ingredients in a single flat layer (of about ½ inch thick) on a silicon non-sticky baking mat. Do not pack it down. Bake for 15 minutes at 350F.
The granola is ready when the edges start to turn golden. Once out of the oven, let it rest in open air for at least 30 minutes, to allow the granola to become crispy. Then, break it down in small clusters and keep in a dry tin container.
My custom touch
I prefer to have more clusters in my homemade granola. For that matter, I use instant quick oats which are already broken down, instead of full oat grains. Additionally, I briefly put the brown rice cereals in a blender (3 to 4 quick pulses) to break the grains down.
Since I love nuts, I usually add a bit more of almonds and 1 tablespoon of honey to make it crispier.
Make it to your taste
Honey can be replaced by maple syrup. It will mostly change the taste but will not affect the crispiness.
Almonds can be replaced by any dry fruit or nut you like: walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, etc. You can also add as many more nuts or fruits as you want, as long as you keep in my mind the 6:1 ratio of dry to wet ingredients. In other words, if adding an extra cup of nuts and fruits, add an extra 1/6 cup of honey (or syrup).
The great thing thing about homemade granola is that you can choose to make it exactly as you need. If you want to blend it in yogurt, you will prefer to make a cereal-like granola. If you plan on packing it to go, you may choose to make granola-bars instead.
I initially tried this recipe with traditional oat (full grains). The taste was really good, but it did not make the large clusters that I like. Indeed, the grains tended to separate, like cereals. So, you will want to prefer old-fashioned oat for a result with less clusters.
Less crispy, for chewy bars
If you press down the oats after layering it down on the baking mat, the granola will stay chewier (except for the edges, which will still be crispier). It sounds like a good option for making chewy homemade granola bars!
To make homemade granola bars, dispose the unbaked granola in a thicker layer (about 1 inch) and press it down. After baking, cut into bars, of your size of choice.
Fuel your workouts
I love this homemade granola for breakfast, especially before a long bike ride. I usually combine it with Greek yogurt and berries for a delicious granola parfait.
This homemade granola is very convenient to carry during your running or cycling workouts. If you choose to make large clusters, you can eat them as bites on-the-go, directly out of a ziploc bag.