Homemade Granola

I grew up on homemade granola. I had no idea that you could even buy it at the store until I was an adult.

homemade granola

Then I saw how much granola cost and realized that homemade granola tastes better, is healthier (less sugar!), and is much cheaper!

homemade granola

You can make this recipe gluten free by taking out the wheat germ and using gluten free oats.

easy homemade granola

Homemade Granola


  • 3 cups dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 shredded coconut (optional)


  1. First melt the butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the honey and salt and briefly heat with the butter.
  3. Turn off the heat and add the oatmeal, coconut, and wheat germ.
  4. Stir.
  5. Pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet.
  6. Spread the mixture out evenly and bake it at 375° for 10 minutes. It will be a golden brown color.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

This recipe is so easy, it only takes about 5 minutes on the stove top and then another 10-15 in the oven.

cheap homemade granola

Homemade granola makes a great homemade gift, package it in glass jars and tie a pretty ribbon on around the top. If you’re feeling generous attach a copy of the recipe too! Your friends and family will thank you for it!

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  1. Just wanted to let you know that we had a pizza in the oven when I saw your post fly across my Google Reader. I quickly put together the ingredients for the Granola and threw it in the oven after the pizza and now I’m munching on this sweet goodness! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! =)

  2. Ooooh can’t wait to try this!!!

  3. Oh, wow, is this yummy! I made one batch, and then made another, adding crisp rice cereal and chopped almonds to the oatmeal.

  4. making this today Toni. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Turned out delicious Toni. I made the first batch just like the recipe stated for the kiddos. They dont like anything in their granola so this was perfect. Then for the secong batch I added almonds, pecans and some brown sugar. It turned out wonderful. I love the wheat germ dh will be so excited when he gets home today.

  6. Shannon says:

    This recipe looks great but I have never made anything like this before. What kind of oats do you use (i.e. quick cook, old fashioned etc)? I know my kids will love it!

  7. Hi Toni,

    I am really interested in trying to make this, but I can’t seem to find wheat germ anywhere! I know you live in a different state, but can you recommend somewhere that might carry it, or a possible substitute that I could use?

  8. Your recipe looks so much simpler than so many I’ve seen! I’m going to HAVE to make this one, I love me some granola!

  9. Happy I have done this recipe and it became part of our regular menu. This with the crock pot yogurt I make its my lunch almost every day! Thank you! I will post it in my blog.

  10. This is so simple! I did make some changes though: I also added vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, almonds and/or pecans. I left out the wheat germ as well (not popular in my family)

  11. Okay, I KNOW you can just eat this. But what else can you (do you) do with it?

  12. This granola is entirely too good. I made this on Sunday afternoon for the first time and it was gone by last evening. Everytime my hubby had his hands in the bowl, he was commenting on how good it was! Instead of wheat germ, I added milled flaxseed since that is what we had on hand. I’m thinking it would work great as a cereal (like Grapenuts) I’m going to have to try it that way if it will last long enough!

  13. This looks like a great recipe to have my little guy help out with. He is going to be so proud to tell his teachers and friends at preschool that he made this:)

  14. Has anyone tried adding fruit to it? I buy granola for my two year olds yougert. She loves loves loves blueberries and the one I buy had dried blueberries in it. But this would be so much cheaper for me to make. Thank you!

  15. I’m also wondering where I would find wheat germ & all the possibilities of things to add! I look forward to try this!

  16. YUM! The granola looks to-die-for! My kids love fruit and yogurt parfaits for breakfast, with a handful of unsalted almonds and a little granola in them. This is perfect! I usually buy the yogurt with the granola already included, from YoCrunch. They’re really good for on-the-go!

    I’ll let you know how this turns out! My kids are going to love it 🙂

  17. Never heard of Crockpot Yogurt. Hmmmm

  18. Great for a teenager who breezes out of the house at 6:50 a.m. without breakfast!

  19. This looks so easy and sooo good! Cant wait to try it, thanks!

  20. Got it in the oven now! I tossed some raisins in because I had them, otherwise it is exactly the same. I can’t wait!

  21. Our news station showed us how to make a similar granola the other day … but the chef said to never put in dried fruits or similar until after the mix had cooled and to mix those ingredients in as you put the mix into its container.

  22. Stacey Korner says:

    Mine is in the oven now! Going to use it tomorrow for our Homeschool get together. Going to show the kids how to make trail mix 🙂 I am going to do a second batch when this is out, but add some brown sugar and vanilla to it. You find wheat germ in the cereal isle next to the granola. That is where our store has it!

  23. LISA & BREANA, wheat germ is usually in the cereal isal at your local grocery store or if your store sells food in bulk sometimes you can get it there. I get mine at my local healthfood store. Hope that helps!
    I love homemade granola!! I use pure maple syrup in mine! 🙂 yummy!

  24. Oh yum! My second batch I used peanut butter instead of butter and added mini chocolate chips and dried cranberries. I love how quick this is.

  25. Ok so it may be a little crazy to do this just before 10 pm, but I really wanted to try it! So I got all my ingredients together only to find little brown bugs in my wheat germ! Eek! Add on top of that I only had 1/4 cup of honey left. So I was thinking that was that…no granola 🙁 I ran through the comments and came up with something different. I melted my butter and then added the salt, 1/4 cup butter, 1/4 cup peanut butter and then put in the oats and 1/4 cup flax seeds! It’s in the oven now! I’ll post on my blog how it comes out! http://www.sweetbeansoflife.blogspot.com

  26. Saw the recipe yesterday, and made it this morning for my children. I am going to make more for the week, because my kids liked it so much!!!

  27. I am a homemade granola convert! Check out my recipe here (http://www.lifecommaetc.com/2012/03/first-attempt-homemade-granola.html). Next up: homemade yogurt!

  28. I need to try this recipe. My kids eat cereal like it is going out of style and I am growing tired of paying such high prices for it! Maybe i can get them to eat granola instead. 😉

  29. We love homemade granola! The great thing is, there are so many healthy variations to choose from. We will definitely have to try out this recipe. Also, thank you for adding a print and save feature to each recipe, that’s so helpful!

  30. Curls of Wonder says:

    Tried it out today and it is a hit even with the picky eater. Now I am going to get other things to add to it to individualize it like hemp seed that the girls love to eat by the handfuls. And some dried fruit and some pretzels and such to add to it each time they have a snack.

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