This homemade Granola Recipe tastes so much better than store-bought! Freshness makes all the difference, and you can mix and match with your favorite dried fruits and nuts.

Granola is one of those recipes where once you make it yourself, it’s pretty hard to go back to buying it. It’s SO easy, tastes much better when it’s fresh, and is completely customizable to your tastes.

Granola Recipe - Served In a Gray Bowl on Wooden Board with napkin

Not only can you play with the mix-ins like the fruits and nuts you use, but you can also make it loose or in clusters.

This particular recipe strikes a nice balance between the two, and has both clusters and some loose bits, but I’ll put instructions in the recipe box for how to tweak it to your liking.

This is the kind of granola that’s perfect for enjoying with a bowl of yogurt or as cereal, but we also keep it around for snacking on the go.

If you’re looking for a granola bar instead, I love these Chocolate Chip Granola Bars. I also have a post on How to Make Granola Bars.

Homemade Granola - Served In a Gray Bowl on Wooden Board with napkin

I’ve made this base recipe into a cherry almond theme, but here are the different ingredients you can substitute:

Nuts you can use for granola:

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • macadamia nuts
  • pecans
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts

This is not an exhaustive list. You could do something like a Peanut Chocolate Chip granola for instance, or do fancy nuts like Brazil Nuts.

Dried fruits you can use for granola:

  • apricots
  • apples
  • blueberries
  • cranberries
  • cherries
  • raisins
  • strawberries

And again, there’s many more! The sky is the limit.

How to Make this Homemade Granola Recipe:

In a large bowl, combine old-fashioned rolled oats, dried cherries, slivered almonds, unsweetened coconut, brown sugar, and salt:

Oats, Cherries, Brown Sugar, Coconut, Salt, and Nuts in a Mixing Bowl

Whisk to combine maple syrup and oil, then pour it all over the oat mixture:

Pouring the Sweetener Over Dry Oat Ingredients in Bowl

Toss for a good minute or two, until all of the oats are evenly coated in the liquid:

Stirring the Oats to Coat in the Bowl

Now add a large egg white to a clean bowl, and whisk by hand for about 30 seconds, until frothy:

Whipped Egg White in a Bowl with Whisk

Adding whipped egg white is how to make granola clusters and clumps instead of a loose granola.

If you’ve ever noticed whipped egg white in sugared pecan recipes made in the oven, it’s the same principle. The protein in the egg white helps everything stick together better.

Side note: you can also sub honey or brown rice syrup for the maple syrup for a more clustered-texture, but I like the flavor of maple syrup the best, which is why I use the egg white to bind.

Stir the egg white into the granola mixture, then spread it out onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan:

Spreading the Homemade Granola Mixture on Parchment Sheet Pan

Bake the granola for 40 minutes, until toasted and golden brown:

Homemade Granola Baked on Sheet pan

Let the granola cool completely, then you can break it into chunks. You should get really big pieces, like this:

Holding Up a Cluster of Granola with Hand for Close Up View

The granola will keep at room temperature for at least two weeks.

Just make sure to store it in an airtight container, otherwise it will absorb moisture from the air and get soggy.

Homemade Granola Recipe - Served in a Gray Dish with Dried Cherries

These Raspberry Energy Bites are another favorite on-the-go snack. Enjoy!

To make this granola vegan, you can leave the egg white out and simply enjoy a loose (non-clustered) style granola, or you can add 1/4 cup brown rice syrup to make it stickier.

This granola is gluten-free if you make sure to buy gluten-free oats.

Granola Recipe Served In a Gray Bowl on Wooden Board with napkin

Granola Recipe

This homemade Granola Recipe tastes so much better than store-bought! Freshness makes all the difference, and you can mix and match with your favorite dried fruits and nuts.

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  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1 cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup oil**
  • 1 large egg white


  • Preheat the oven to 300F.
  • In a large bowl, stir to combine the oats, almonds, coconut, cherries, brown sugar, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk to combine the maple syrup and oil.
  • Pour the liquid into the oat mixture, and toss to coat.
  • In a clean bowl, whisk the egg white for about 30 seconds until it's frothy, and any egg white clumps have been broken up.
  • Stir the egg white into the granola.
  • Spread the granola onto a parchment paper-lined sheet pan and bake for 40 minutes. If you would like a looser, more evenly toasted granola, stir the granola halfway through baking. For more clusters, leave the granola to bake for 40 minutes undisturbed.
  • Let the granola cool completely on the pan, then break into clusters. Enjoy!


*For gluten-free, make sure to buy gluten-free oats.
**I use olive oil and don't find it to have a noticeable flavor, but you can use any other oil you prefer, like coconut, sunflower, canola, etc.


Calories: 499kcal, Carbohydrates: 65g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 183mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 34g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

Post updated with photos, writing, tips, and recipe in August 2018. Originally published January 2012.