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The Only Basic Granola Recipe You Need

There is only one basic granola recipe you need to remember. Master this and you can mix and match your favourite ingredients for countless homemade granola possibilities!

(A fan of grab-and-go breakfast that’s also good for you? You’d love these Healthy Superfood Breakfast Cookies!)

The Only Basic Granola Recipe You Need

When I learned how to bake, I realized that I can make at home a lot of the stuff we purchase at the store. And that homemade is way better tasting than ready-made.

For example, we don’t buy these things anymore; I just make them!

I’m adding granola to that list. We haven’t bought granola (or cereal!) in a very long time.

And what’s great is that this is almost a non-recipe. It’s a simple basic formula that is fully customizable so that you can make perfect granola each time.

One basic granola recipe you need to remember

The Only Basic Granola Recipe You Need

The magic formula is this: 1 cup wet ingredients to 6 cups dry ingredients. That’s it!

There’s this great video on Epicurious where they explain that it doesn’t even have to be actual measuring cups. It can be a bowl, a coffee mug, whatever. Just whatever you use, the magic number is 1:6.

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What to use to sweeten granola

To sweeten my granola, I usually stick with honey or agave syrup though a lot of times I put peanut butter too (I am so tempted to put Nutella or cookie butter – maybe someday I will!).

I know a lot of you are into almond butter and I’m sure that will work too.

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Do you put oil in granola?

In case you’re wondering if you need to add oil to your homemade granola, the answer is yes. Otherwise, you would end up with a very dry batch.

I always put olive oil. Tastes great too.

Homemade granola: tips for success

The Only Basic Granola Recipe You Need

I’ve tried and tested this basic granola recipe countless times with different ingredients. And while I encourage you to go crazy and creative, here are my guidelines for a fantastic batch of granola every time:

  • Use rolled oats – not quick-cooking oats – as your base. Quick-cooking oats would brown quicker than the rest of your ingredients. We don’t want burnt granola, yes?
  • Don’t use less than 3 cups of rolled oats. I tried more and less and 3 was the magic number for me.
  • If you’re using dried fruit (and you should!) like cranberries, blueberries or fig, don’t bake them. Add them after you remove the baking sheet from the oven while the granola is still warm. Otherwise, they would turn really tough and hard.
  • If you’re using chocolate chips (and again, highly recommended!), add them once the granola is cool. If you add them when the granola is still warm they will melt and disappear (unless melted chocolate is the goal? Then go for it!)
  • Add an egg white. I tried batches without (there are times when I don’t have extra and I didn’t want to waste an egg yolk) and while it did not affect the taste, the granola turned out less crispy, looser and just overall less shiny.
  • Remember to spice things up! I usually just add salt, sometimes cinnamon. But you can put cardamom, nutmeg, whatever you think would complement the rest of your ingredients.

Various granola flavours

The Only Basic Granola Recipe You Need

I love granola experiments (the recipe I share here is just one of the combinations I use). You put in your favourite things so what comes out is your favourite granola. We sprinkle it over yogurt, drench it in milk, snack on it like popcorn.

So go and experiment! Find what your favourite granola combo is and never buy ready-made granola again.

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If you’re looking for other quick and easy breakfast recipes that you can make ahead, check out these overnight oats. Make the night before, grab-and-go the next morning!

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Basic Granola Recipe

Basic Granola Recipe

Author: Jolina
One basic granola recipe, countless delicious granola possibilities! This is the only granola recipe you will ever need.
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast
Cuisine North American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 341 kcal


Wet Ingredients:

  • cup honey
  • cup olive oil
  • egg whites from 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • peanut butter to round off your 1 cup see notes

Dry Ingredients:


  • Preheat your oven to 300F. Prep a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk all your wet ingredients together. Add your rolled oats and nuts and stir until everything is evenly coated. Add seasoning and give the mixture a final stir.
  • Transfer and spread evenly on your baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir to ensure everything is baking evenly. Bake for another 15 minutes and stir again. Finally bake for another 10-15 minutes until crisp and golden brown.
  • Take out of the oven and add the rest of your ingredients. Stir and allow to cool completely before adding your chocolate chips, if using. Transfer to an airtight container.



  • When measuring your wet ingredients, you don't even have to be exact. Sometimes I just take a measuring cup, put my wet ingredients in and stop when I reach 1 cup.
  • Because the recipe doesn't have to be exact, I did not provide weight equivalents for the ingredients.
  • Seasoning doesn't count as part of your dry ingredients.
  • Like I mentioned in the post, this is just one of the many variations you can make. Go and experiment with your favourite ingredients.


Calories: 341kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 8gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 315mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 105IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 2.3mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword 1-Bowl Recipe, Easy, Healthy, No-Fail Recipe
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I'd love to see your creations!

(Recipe adapted from Epicurious)

Happy baking!

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(This post was updated on 30 November 2018.)

Rate the Recipe


Saturday 19th of January 2019

There is so much good information in this post! I can't wait to make some granola now. I was really surprised to see egg white but it makes sense both as a binder and to give the granola some shine!

Marisa Franca

Friday 18th of January 2019

We love homemade granola. It is superior to the store bought garbage. And as often as we've made granola, I've never made it with olive oil or used an egg white. I am completely fascinated by what our granola would turn out with using both. We usually use coconut oil but olive oil is easy enough for us -- we always have olive oil on hand. I'll be picking up some supplies to make this.

Lois Christensen

Friday 18th of January 2019

I love granola for breakfast and it makes a great snack. Your basic recipe looks very easy to follow! Thanks!

Veena Azmanov

Thursday 17th of January 2019

This is like the best of everything. I love granola and you have just the right mix of nuts, fruits and flavors. Love how easy this is too.

Arlene Mobley

Thursday 17th of January 2019

The possibilities are endless when you start with a basic recipe like this!