Homemade Recipe for Granola Cereal (And Bars!)

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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.

homemade granola cereal in a bowl topped with fresh raspberries
100 Days of Real Food Cookbook, photo courtesy of Carrie Vitt

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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.

recipe for homemade granola on a baking tray with a stainless steel scoop

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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  1. Hi, it’ summer here in Maine and I think the humidity is effecting my granola. It’s not crisping well since it’s been more moist outside. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. Are you storing it in an airtight container. It’s pretty humid here in NC, too, :)

  2. 5 stars
    We love this recipe. Does it freeze well? I would love to make an really large batch all at once. Thanks!

  3. If I were to add dried fruit to this recipe, how much should I add? Also, should it be added before or after baking?

  4. 5 stars
    My daughter introduced me to this recipe as granola. This is fantastic. I use fresh nutmeg so the amount is cut back some. The first time I couldn’t find raw cashews so I used almond slices and pecans. My daughter made it with the cashews and almonds and I must say I prefer it that way but it’s a taste preference. Have you ever tried making it with agave syrup and coconut oil?

  5. 5 stars
    Do you have the calories figured out on the granola recipe? I absolutely love it!!!! Need to know if I eat a 1/2 cup, how many calories is that? Fat? Carbs? Protein? Thanks so much!

  6. 5 stars
    I just cooked this up in the oven, and it’s delicious! Nonetheless, I don’t think I’ll be able to eat it all by myself in two weeks. Would it refrigerate/freeze well? If so, how long do you think it would keep?

  7. Hi,
    I definitely want to try this recipe. However we are trying not to use butter or coconut oil as my husband is watching his cholesterol intake. What other healthy substitute we can use?

    Thank you!

    1. We have made this granola for years and it’s always a family fave but now I have to use earth balance vegan butter for this recipe since I can’t do dairy and it is just as terrific as the real butter version :)

  8. 5 stars
    This is THE BEST granola recipe I have found – just made another double batch last night! Just wanted to let you know – I added about 3 Tbsp nut butter & used only sunflower seeds (since I was out of nuts) and traded out the nutmeg for allspice…and it turned out fantastic! This BF mommy truly appreciates a great go-to, quick breakfast that nourishes and keeps me feeling full. As a mommy of 7 I appreciate a great recipe that is easy to make and food that keeps my busy family satisfied until the next meal. Thank you!!

  9. My son and I both have severe tree nut and peanut allergies, will it make a huge difference to this recipe to leave the nuts out? Is there another substitute?

    Thank you!

    1. Clare, have you been able to find almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds that are not processed in the same factory as other nuts? I cannot find any, making granola difficult to make with protein in it.

  10. I can’t thank you enough for this recipe! I make it on a weekly basis, but instead of using as cereal I use steel cut oats and make them into granola bars. I am allergic to peanuts and tree buts so I instead add extra sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. I also mix almond butter with the butter mixture on the stove. The end result is delicious and the perfect addition to my lunch at work to keep my energy up!

  11. Would almond extract work well with this? Substituting one teaspoon of almond extract for one vanilla. I love the recipe as is but was looking to try something new!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. We do not provide calorie details because calorie counting is somewhat against our philosophy but if you scroll through comments, other readers have done their own calculations.

  12. 5 stars
    I made this Tuesday, and it is sooo good. I have it over plain greek yogurt for breakfast…… also a couple scoops a day because I can’t help it!!

  13. Will this turn out well if I substitute coconut oil for the butter? My daughter is allergic to dairy, so unfortunately butter is not an option.

  14. I accidentally found a small time saver for this. I’m so used to making it that I don’t look at the recipe much. Today I accidentally forgot to hear any of the honey mixture and just dumped it into my huge bowl of oats & nuts. Once I started stirring I realized my mistake as it was coating at all. I quickly popped the whole bowl of oats into the microwave for 1.5 mins and then took it out and atirrrd and it was perfect!! The honey mixture had melted and it easily coated and spread all over the oats. I might do it on purpose next time!

  15. This looks delicious!! If I needed to omit the nuts and seeds for my boys, would anything else need to be adjusted (honey, butter, etc..)?

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. This is a pretty forgiving recipe. I’ve left out nuts and seeds when I’ve made it for nut free people. I increased the oats, obviously, and added some dried fruit. I do think I ended up adding a bit of butter and honey simply becuse oats absorb more that nuts and seeds. I’m sorry that I can’t be more specific. ;)

    1. 5 stars
      I added the ingredients to the USDA Supertracker with the modifications I made to the recipe (I made a double recipe), which included using 3/4 c sunflower seed, 1/4 c pumpkin seed, and 1 c peanuts for the 2 cups needed at that part. Also, I used sweetened coconut since I had that laying around. For a 1/2 c servimg, the nutrition facts I got were 377 cal, 45 cal from added sugar, and 71 cal from fat. 9g protein, 36g carb, 6g fiber, 14 g sugar, 24g fat (8 sat/9 mono unsat/5 poly unsat), 5g linoleic acid, .1g A-la, no omega 3’s, 15 mg cholesterol, 65 mg Ca, 311 mg K, 322 mg Na, 0.5 mg Cu, 3 mg iron, 111 mg Mg, 274 mg phosphorus, 3 mg zinc, .012mg Se. Vitamins A, K, folate, niacin, and choline showed up.

  16. I made this tonight and definitely was turned off by the chewy texture of the steel cut oats (was going for bars) that Lisa described in her first book…FYI: I would stick with the rolled oats “cereal version”! Can’t wait to try it again.

    If anyone has a recommendation for a fail safe real food granola “bar” recipe, let me know!

  17. I’m allergic to nuts and seeds but would like an alternative to boxed cereal. Any ideas on how I can modify this recipe? Thank you!

    1. I’m looking for nut-free, seed-free recipes too and came to this page from her Granola Larabar recipe. What if you started with this one and left out the nuts? I would consider increasing the amount of oats to 4 1/2 or 5 cups to try to balance out the liquid/dry ratio (seems oats would absorb more liquid than 2 c. nuts so you wouldn’t need as much??). OR… to increase the texture variation the way adding two types of nuts would, you could use quinoa or hemp hearts or even try combining both steel cut oats and rolled oats. Maybe sub in 1 cup dried cherries or raisins,
      My question with this recipe was why it calls for raw seeds if they are going to be cooked anyway? I’m sure there’s a great reason and I’d love to learn it :)

      1. When you buy seeds you should buy them raw. If you buy seeds already roasted, they usually used refined oils and other non “real” ingredients for roasting. Hope that clarifies for you!

  18. 5 stars
    Not sure if this has been asked before, but I’m having a hard time scraping the baked granola off of the parchment papers. Once everything’s cooled, when i try scraping, the granola, it sticks to the paper and I cannot take it off without having bits of the paper tearing and sticking to the granola. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi. It might help to “butter” your paper a little. I’ve had it stick to the parchment on occasion and that solved it for me.

  19. 5 stars
    We love this recipe! We make it every other week, and it’s always awesome! Have you ever made it with coconut oil in place of the butter? I’m a fan of butter, but I’m in the middle of a batch and discovered I have no butter!

  20. I’m sure you could cut down on the amount of honey and butter. Especially if this is eaten daily or weekly for breakfast. You also need to understand the portions as well you are not eating the whole 1/2 cup of honey or 6 tbsp of butter!

  21. Please understand why these are so “yummy”? 1/2 a cup of honey and 6 tablespoons of butter! This is not something your going to eat to cut sugar and lose weight. These are not something you’re going to eat during your new, I’m being health now, phase. This is a better alternative to processed granola, but Remember while it may be “real” that doesn’t mean real healthy.

  22. I just made my first batch of granola and I kept it in the oven for alot longer than it was supposed to so it’s extra crunchy and I love it! I am addicted to your blog and am excited to try more recipes!

  23. 5 stars
    As the hubby is deployed for a year, I have decided now is the perfect time to fix our eating habits. It will be so much easier to figure this out while there is only me and easier to get him on board when he gets back if all there is in the kitchen is healthy food, I made this granola today and it was super easy. I was not too sure about the cinnamon as I am not a fan, but I left it in and am thrilled at how great everything tasted. Now onto the next recipe.

  24. How could I adjust it to eliminate nuts? Double the seeds? More oatmeal? I can’t have nuts and am looking to control sugar. TIA!