This simple homemade granola has the perfect texture and just the right amount of sweetness. I promise it’s easy to make at home and a healthy snack for your family.
Granola backstory…So I went to a swanky little coffee shop and impulsively brought a $9 bowl of yogurt while waiting on my $4 coffee. To be fair, yogurt was covered with homemade granola and fresh berries, but still. Thinking I would regret my purchase, because who pays $9 for a bowl of yogurt, I started justifying it in my mind as the barista placed the bowl in my hand. But y’all!! It was so delicious that I knew immediately I had to recreate this bowl of goodness at home because paying that more than once just isn’t in the budget.
Granola is a staple in our home. My girls love a bowl of yogurt topped with granola for an afternoon snack and I have zero guilt about giving it to them because it’s a much healthier choice than grabbing something from the candy jar. We typically go through a small $5 bag of yogurt per week. Why it’s five bucks I do not know because the ingredients are relatively inexpensive even if you purchase organic. It’s super simple to make and stores well.
What do I need to make granola at home
Honestly, you can add pretty much whatever you’d like. Granola is super forgiving and you really can’t go wrong so don’t be afraid to add whatever you think might be yummy. You can switch it up with different spices for flavor and different add ins like chocolate chips, raisins, dried strawberries, walnuts, coconut, and seeds.
However, this is what I used to recreate the best coffee shop granola I’ve ever tasted.
- Oats: I like to use a mixture of rolled oats and quick oats. Trust me, it makes for the perfect amount of crunchiness.
- Honey: I always try to use local honey if at all possible. It contains a blend of local pollen which can strengthen your immune system.
- Vanilla: The good stuff. It makes a difference in my opinion.
- Coconut Oil
- Sliced almonds
- Dried cranberries
How should I store my homemade granola
In a beautiful glass jar of course! After your granola is completely cooled, scoop it into a glass jar and tighten the lid. It will stay fresh for months when stored in a cool dry place. Trust me, you’ll be out well before your homemade granola gets stale. No glass jar? Any container with a tight lid will do or even a ziplock bag works well.
Recreating the best coffee shop yogurt bowl
Grab a shallow bowl and fill it with yogurt. I prefer greek vanilla but use whatever you like. Spread a few spoonfuls of your homemade granola on top. I really like a lot of crunch so I go heavy on the granola. Next, add a handful of fresh berries. Lastly, take it to next level goodness with a drizzle of honey on top! So good.
Other ways enjoy your homemade granola
Strait from the jar. Seriously, when I’d like to reach for a cookie I’ll grab a handful of this granola instead. It’s just sweet enough and has the perfect crunch to satisfy my sweet tooth.
- Sprinkled on top of overnight oats
- Add to the top of your smoothy bowl for a little crunch
- Add a little milk for a cereal
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1/4 cup of sliced almonds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Stir together both oats, almonds, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- In a sauce pot, melt coconut oil and then whisk in honey and vanilla.
- Pour wet mixture over dry mix in large bowl and stir until everything is coated well and combined.
- Pour granola onto lined cookie sheet and spread evenly with the back of your spoon.
- Bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven and lightly toss granola on pan.
- Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes. More or less depending on how crunchy you like it. Do not let it burn!
- Remove from oven and sprinkle on dried cranberries. Then cool completly before storing.
- Once granola is completly cooled, give it a stir to break it up and scoop into an airtight container.