This is an unbelievably easy granola recipe and so delicious and healthy, made with oats, three kinds of nuts, coconut flakes, and just enough maple syrup for a hint of natural sweetness.
It will take you about 5 minutes to mix the ingredients and 25 minutes to bake. If you're like me, once you try this recipe, you will never buy granola at the store again.
Today I'm sharing my sister-in-law Jen's granola recipe. Jen is a fantastic cook with a remarkable talent for coming up with excellent easy recipes. This is such a great granola recipe in so many ways - it's nutritious, delicious, nutty, and it has the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch.
Since Jen shared this recipe with me, it's become my go-to granola recipe, which is surprising because I have many other delicious healthy granola recipes that I absolutely love - my favorite healthy granola recipe, vanilla toasted almond granola, and almond maple granola. But what really sets Jen's granola apart from the rest is how ridiculously quick it is to prepare.
How to make this fantastic easy granola
Here's an overview of how to make it - for exact amounts and oven settings, scroll down to the recipe card.
In a big mixing bowl, toss rolled oats, almonds, pecans, walnuts, coconut flakes (or flax), maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Spread the mixture out onto two rimmed baking sheets, and bake.
In 25 minutes you'll have a big batch of hearty, healthy granola that's way less expensive and more delicious than anything you can buy at the store. And it will keep for 2 weeks - that is if you can resist snacking on it all day long.
If your coconut oil is hard - mine usually is - melt it in the microwave to make it easier to mix through.
Bake the granola at 350ºF/180ºC for 20-25 minutes, depending on how toasted you like it and how hot your oven runs. Check it for doneness after 20 minutes.
I usually cook mine for the full 25 minutes. The nuts are extra delicious when they're well-toasted.
I sometimes tweak Jen's recipe a tiny bit. Jen uses a cup of coconut flakes in her version. Though I love it with coconut, I often swap out the coconut for ⅓ cup of ground flaxseed or sometimes I use both coconut and flax. I always love to include flax in my homemade granola because it's a nutritional powerhouse and I also like the texture it adds.
If you want a healthy breakfast, I recommend serving this granola over yogurt, with whatever fruit or berries are in season.
My favorite combo is this granola with plain yogurt and a handful of blueberries and strawberries.
It's great to start the day off right, with a breakfast like this, that's packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and plenty of protein to keep you feeling satisfied for hours.
Here's the easy granola recipe! If you cook this, I hope you'll come back to leave a star rating and a comment. Jen and I would love to know what you think!Print
The Best Easy Granola Recipe
This delicious healthy granola is a cinch to throw together and it will keep for 2 weeks. It's wonderful to have a big batch of this on hand for breakfast and snacking.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 25 min
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 8 cups 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- 5 cups rolled oats (for gluten free granola, use gluten free oats)
- 1 cup unsalted almonds
- 1 cup walnuts (whole, or halves and pieces)
- 1 cup pecans (whole or halves and pieces)
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (or substitute ⅓ cup ground flax seed, or use both)
- ½ cup coconut oil, softened or melted in the microwave
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Set one oven rack towards the top of the oven and one towards the bottom. Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC
- Toss all the ingredients together in a big bowl, using your hands if need be, to mix it thoroughly.
- Divide the mixture between two rimmed baking sheets, spreading it out into a single layer. Cook for 15 minutes. Switch the position of the baking sheets and cook for 5-10 minutes more. (See notes below for more on cooking times)
- Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheets. Store in airtight glass jars or plastic containers. Granola will keep for 2 weeks.
How long to cook granola: I like to cook my granola until it gets dark golden brown and crunchy. The nuts are especially good when they're well toasted. If you prefer your granola lighter and less toasted, cook it for a total of 20 minutes rather than 25. Some ovens run hot so be sure to check for doneness after 20 minutes, to prevent burning.
Keywords: Quick easy homemade granola with oats, nuts and maple syrup