Homemade Recipe for Granola Cereal - 100 Days of Real Food (2024)

1,213 Comments / By Lisa Leake / April 4, 2010 / Recipes

134 Reviews / 4.8 Average

This is the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals.This homemade granola recipe was adapted from Anson Mills, and can also be made into granola bars. Make it your own by adding in your favorite ingredients and be sure to make a large batch to keep for the week.

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This homemade recipe for granola is super yummy and so flexible! Below is our favorite cereal version, but there are many ways to tweak the recipe depending on your preferences.

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Homemade Granola Bar and Cereal Recipe

For the nuts you can put either all almonds or all cashews (or split them as listed below or even try a totally different type of nut). Also, the same thing works for the seeds – you can either put in all pumpkin seeds or all sesame seeds or put in half and half. You could easily play around with the amounts of sesame seeds and flaxseeds as well. If you can’t find unsweetened shredded coconut you can leave it out completely.

If you want granola cereal make it with rolled oats. If you want granola bars then substitute steel cut oats for the rolled oats, and I also like to add dried fruit bits before baking the bars.

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How to Make Cereal Homemade (Or, Granola Bars)!

For the cereal, once it has baked and cooled completely, you want to put it in a gallon zip lock to break it up into small cereal pieces. If you are making granola bars just break off big chunks instead of using a bag. Don’t expect perfectly uniform rectangles for your granola bars, these are homemade after all!

The oats, nuts and spices are seriously what make these bars come together! That being said, you can add any number of ingredients to make this cereal homemade with some fun, seasonal flavors. Simple modifications in the ingredient ratios can make for a festive mix, too. For instance, amp up the cinnamon and nutmeg for a perfectly fragrant winter-themed granola.

Looking for a protein granola that can help you last through those late-afternoon cravings? Fill your homemade granola mixture with some flax seeds, chia seeds or even powdered peanut butter to make those macros skyrocket! Dried fruits like raisins (or craisins, a personal favorite) can also make for a granola bar or homemade cereal that is perfectly crafted to fit your palate. Besides, the best way to add more nutrients to your family’s diet is by making recipes you’ll actually want to come back to!

How Long Does Homemade Granola Last?

This homemade granola recipe will stay crunchy and flavorful for about a month when stored in an airtight container out of direct sunlight. After that, you should probably start to plan your next batch! Side note: finished granola bars might fare well in the freezer if sealed properly although you should expect to lose some of that desired ‘crunch’ in doing so.

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Granola Recipe (Cereal or Bars)

This is the perfect substitute for all those boxed cereals.This homemade granola recipe was adapted from Anson Mills, and can also be made into granola bars. Make it your own by adding in your favorite ingredients and be sure to make a large batch to keep for the week.

134 Reviews / 4.8 Average

Prep Time: 10 minutes mins

Cook Time: 1 hour hr 15 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr 25 minutes mins

Course: Breakfast,

Cuisine: American

Method: Freezer Friendly

Diet: Egg Free, Picky Eaters, Vegetarian

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Servings: 14 (about 1/2 cup each)

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.

  • Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.

  • Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.

  • Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.

  • The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

Granola Recipe (Cereal or Bars)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 350Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 8g50%

Cholesterol 13mg4%

Sodium 132mg6%

Potassium 295mg8%

Carbohydrates 32g11%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 12g13%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 150IU3%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 52mg5%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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More Homemade Breakfast Ideas:

  • Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
  • Blueberry, Fruit and Nut Whole Wheat Muffins
  • Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos

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