I have been on a quest to find the perfect homemade granola recipe for years. I’ve tried countless recipes but it never turned out exactly how I wanted. After Emma was born, I decided to really work at finding the right simple homemade granola recipe.
While my Mom was here, we printed off half a dozen recipes and started experimenting. I adjusted proportions, combined recipes, and tweaked spices. I created a recipe I liked and tried it another half dozen times (with minor variations) to settle upon my perfect simple homemade granola recipe!
It really is super simple, just as the recipe title promises. There are no fancy ingredients required for this simple homemade granola. Nathan and I both like to eat this for breakfast sprinkled over our homemade yogurt. It’s delicious!
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One of the biggest problems I found with a lot of granola is that I couldn’t get the chunks I wanted. After I got the wet ingredients right, I discovered the easiest way to make chunks. It was a simple solution too. Don’t stir it!
I also quickly learned that a pan lined with parchment paper is important when making homemade granola. It also makes clean up a breeze! Have you seen these parchment paper individual sheets yet? What a simple but handy convenience!
The other thing I love about this homemade granola is that it is a basic recipe. It tastes great by itself or on top of yogurt. I like to serve it over my homemade vanilla yogurt that I make in my slow cooker. This granola also makes a good snack all by itself.
The hint of spices give it a nice flavor all by itself but you can easily customize this recipe. Like craisins in your granola? Add them! A certain kind of nuts? Stir them in. Are you a chocolate lover like I am? Sprinkle mini chocolate chips into the granola. Whatever you choose to add, I recommend stirring it into the oat mixture and patting it into the pan before baking.
Ready to give it a try? I hope you’ll like this super simple homemade granola as much as I do!
2 cups quick oats
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Stir melted butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Add vanilla and water. Mix in spices.
Add oats and stir mixture together until well mixed.
Pour oats into a parchment lined 9×13 pan. Press oats down firmly with the back of spoon.
Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour. Do not stir!
Allow oats to cool completely before breaking oats into granola chunks. You will find the oats stick together nicely for chunks but there are still plenty of smaller pieces for the perfect granola.
Stir in tightly sealed container. Enjoy your homemade granola!