Basic Homemade Granola

A quick and easy snack for a healthy breakfast.

With school back in session, everyone should have a handy granola recipe up their sleeve. Homemade granola is a healthy pantry staple, ideal for quick breakfasts and wholesome snacks. It’s also simple to make, so why spend money on boxed granola when you can easily make your own in 30 minutes? Not only is granola easy to prepare, but when you make your own blend you can also choose the ingredients, eliminating excess fat, sugars and additives.

This is the basic recipe I use for my granola. It follows a ratio of 3 cups oats to 2 cups dried fruit to 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut to 1/2 cup chopped nuts (or seeds). I add a little maple syrup and brown sugar to the mix and rely on a generous shower of raisins to boost the sweetness in every bite. Use this recipe as a template and mix and match your favorite nuts, fruit and seeds to your taste and dietary restrictions. Just remember to add the dried fruit after the granola has baked to prevent the fruit from burning in the oven.

This granola is delicious as a cereal, mixed into yogurt, or sprinkled over fruit and ice cream. It’s also a great grab-and-go snack for munching. You can halve the recipe if you like, but I recommend making the full amount, because it’s guaranteed to be gobbled up.

Lynda Balslev is the co-author of “Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture” (Gibbs Smith, 2014).

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