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Foolproof Granola


I don't like to label things, and that includes my food. Who says granola is just a breakfast food? I happily have it for dinner and find it delicious. Breakfast foods in general are so good (am I right?) that there's no way I'm restricting myself to only eating them once a day.

Now I'm no chef in the kitchen but for the last few years I've been making some really tasty granola using a basic recipe that can easily be chopped and changed to suit my mood. I've had a few people ask me for the recipe so I thought hey, why not share the granola love?


You will need:
1 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons of honey
Cinnamon *optional and to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon)

Steps:
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees (340F). On my oven I have a specific baking setting that distributes the heat evenly from above and below, so choose the equivalent for your oven if you have that option. If not the recipe should still work just the same.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until everything sticks together and there are no more loose oats. Line an oven tray with baking paper and spread your mixture on the tray so that everything is fairly evenly distributed. Bake for 5-6 minutes or until it's looking golden and tasty.

Depending on the strength of your oven (mine is freakishly powerful) and how crunchy you like your granola, you might want to change around the cooking time. Personally I like my granola clusters a little soft in the centre, but this is coming from a person who likes almost all sweet foods ridiculously undercooked. Seriously, I like my cookies so undercooked that they're basically just dough.

Once out of the oven leave your granola to cool, then use your hands to break the granola into more manageable pieces. Next, channel your inner Pinterest and toss your baked goods into a super cute jar and store in the fridge.


Allergies or Intolerances? I've got you covered. 
Here are some ideas for how you can spice up this ridiculously easy recipe or change it to suit you.

Binding ingredients (to replace honey):
-Agave Syrup
-Peanut Butter
-Almond Butter (really any kind of nut butter)

Add ons:
-Chia seeds
-Seeds (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseed)
-Nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, macadamias)
-Shredded or desiccated coconut
-Chopped dates
-Goji berries
-Mulberries
-Goldenberries
-Sultanas/Raisins
-Banana chips
-Cacao Nibs (or choc chips)
-Dried fruit (cranberries, apricots, figs, apple etc)


If you make this granola let me know, I'd love to just convert a whole bunch of people to my dark side and we can all eat granola together for dinner. Ah, in a perfect world...

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92 comments:

  1. This sounds amazing! Thanks for the recipe, I'm definitely going to try it out!! XO

    Courtney | Courtselizabeth | Instagram

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    1. Hopefully you like it as much as I do, it tastes amazing with some fresh grapes and greek yoghurt!

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  2. That looks scrumptious.I love things that are easy & fast to make - they're the ones I keep making.

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    1. Me too! Ain't nobody got time to spend all day/night in the kitchen ;)

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    1. Right? I could eat that stuff all day long and still never get sick of it.

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  4. Wow it sounds so simple, but I bet it's so delicious! xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. It is! The strong honey taste with the cinnamon is so nice x

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  5. This homemade granola looks scrumptious, and perfect for the Autumn/Winter months. I love food that is healthy, but can be considered as comfort food too - this is definitely one of those.:D

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    1. Definitely! Plus I love that I can eat this year round and just change it up to suit the seasons x

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  6. I bought oats the other day so will definitely give this recipe a try! :)
    ♥NY
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  7. This looks and sounds so delicious - I'm with you on this, if I like something and it's a 'breakfast' food, I'll eat it when I want…..for dinner, in the evening when I'm watching some TV and I really like making things myself.

    I don't really buy ready made food - I love the process of adding things, herbs and spices and just experimenting with different things….there's nothing worse than ready made so I love how you make your own granola and the best thing is (like you said) you can add and change to suit your mood!

    Love!!!!

    Layla xx

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    1. For sure! I make the majority of my meals myself because usually I'm just not the biggest fan of ready made foods. Plus I think everything tastes better when you make it yourself! :)

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  8. I love granola! Thanks for sharing this recipe =)

    STYLE VANITY

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  9. This looks really delicious! I've never made granola before - I'll have to try this!! (:

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    1. It's dead easy to make, I think you'll love it!

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  10. Ohh I love homemade granola, yours looks so good. I love adding some walnuts and sliced almonds to mine too.

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Love walnuts, they make such a nice crunchy addition to the granola.

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  11. if only i had an oven, This looks so delicious and easy to make, and plus its granola! :)

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    1. Aw that's so unfortunate, wish you could've tried the recipe and shared in the granola love!

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  12. Just found your blog- I love it! I enjoy granola any time of day as well... I especially like it as a nice treat after a long run! Fall and Winter are usually when I make granola, as it doesn't heat up the house too much from the oven, but this past summer I've been addicted to peanut butter and chocolate granola... So good!

    Savannah
    savbanav.wordpress.com

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    1. PB and chocolate granola sounds like my idea of heaven. I used to make the peanut butter version of this granola all the time where you replace honey with PB and I actually had to stop making it because I couldn't control myself and just used to eat the whole lot at once! PB Granola is just too good.

      Really happy you're liking my blog! x

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  13. I totally agree with you : breakfast food is one of the best ! I could eat it several times a day.
    I love granola but I'm such a bad cooker, I've never thought of trying to cook some. Your recipe looks quite simple so I might actually give it a try and why not add walnuts to it. Thank you for sharing :)

    Have a wonderful day !
    xo.TDVR
    www.tenindvr.blogspot.com

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    1. Happy you enjoyed the post Tenin, I could eat breakfast foods all day long as well!

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  14. I have never thought of making my own granola. This is genius and I will definitely be trying!

    Thanks for the tips x

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    1. You're welcome Margarita, let me know how your granola turns out!

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  15. i will definitely be making this for fall! Thankyou for sharing, it's so easy and quick and looks delicious!

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    1. It tastes delicious too, I love it in summer or winter- personally I think it's a great year round thing x

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  16. I too have never thought about my own granola!! I love things like quinoa where I can add whatever I want!!! I'll have to try this out!

    Melanie | Toots + Dill

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    1. If you like adding in whatever things you like then you should love this recipe, it's so so easy to chop and change!

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  17. I make my own granola at home a lot, but your recipe is slightly different to mine - Im going to give it a go next time :). Great post xx

    Ashleigh | www.quintessentiallyme.co.uk

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  18. Such a great reciepe! Will have to give this a try this weekend.
    x
    Charlotte - http://www.alifeofacharlotte.com/

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  19. I'm definitely going to be trying this one out. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  20. Granola is so delicious, but I end up scoffing it so try and avoid buying it haha. This sounds like a great recipe!

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Yep same thing happens to me when I make the peanut butter version of this, I can't control myself and just eat the lot at once! That's why I keep making the honey version, it's a little more sweet which means it's not one of those things you can really eat all at once (thankfully!).

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  21. It looks so great - is it breakfast yet? x

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    1. That's the question I ask myself every night before going to sleep. Luckily I eat this granola for dinner as well so I don't have to wait till breakfast time :)

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  22. I love granola and I can eat them any time of the day so I don't care what others think :) I will definitely give it a try, thanks for the recipe :)

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Yes, a like minded person! Breakfast foods are way too good to only eat at one time in the day.

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  23. Omg, you've made me crave granola! I've tried this recipe before and it makes the tasties most delicious granola ever, and you can pair it with whatever you want!
    Nice post! xx

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    1. Exactly, half the reason why I like this granola so much is because it tastes great paired with so many other things.

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  24. Oh the granola is one the my favorites!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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    1. Thanks Emily, let me know if you try the recipe out!

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  26. I agree with ya 100%! I love breakfast food for lunch and dinner! So yummy :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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    1. Definitely, breakfast foods are the greatest!

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  27. Great recipe hun! I'll need to try this out - I never find the time to make anything when I'm at home :(

    Just followed via bloglovin and hope we can keep in touch xx

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    1. Thanks Helen, trust me it only takes 10 minutes in total make so if you've got a spare 10 give it a go. I also saw your post earlier and commented :)
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  28. I actually must try this since I agree so much with you that granola should not be restricted to only breakfast!

    Joyce | Joycentricity

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  29. I need to try this, so much healthier than my chocolate bars haha x

    LAURA THINKS ABOUT BLOG

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    1. You can always add a few (or a lot) of choc chips to the granola and get the best of both worlds ;)

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  30. this sounds so good. would love to make granola by myself.


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    1. It's super easy, glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

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  31. Granola is SO delicious! These toppings/ingredients are such good ideas xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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    1. Thanks Sam, really happy you liked the post :)

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  32. This sounds really yummy, I'm not a very good baker but this sounds simple so I might give it a go! I also agree with you on the undercooked thing, there's nothing better than a gooey cookie ;) x

    Brigitte | brigittehayley.com

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    1. I'm not the best baker either but this one is dead easy luckily.

      Yes! Why even bother to bake the cookie really? Haha

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  33. I wish I can be on of those people who can say, "I love granolaaass!!!" I meant don't get me wrong I love me some granola bars, but I dont like them in bits. lolol. But your recipe makes it sound sooo good. lolol. Great post! :) xx

    -Mitzee

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    1. To each their own! Maybe if you think of it as just broken up bits of a granola bar you might like it more?

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  34. I know I've already commented but it's sooooo yummy!!! Love it - wishing you a wonderful week ahead hun! :)

    Layla xx

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  35. Yum!! This sounds delicious and so simple!

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  36. Yum! I love granola.
    I'll be making this.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  37. I feel like I haven't had good granola in such a long time... can't wait to try this out!! Thank you!

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    1. So happy you liked the post Sora, hopefully you love the granola as much as I do! :)

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  38. Love the look of this recipe, it looks really doable so I'm definitely going to give it try. Plus I'm totally with you on wanting to eat granola or cereal for more than just breakfast, I've been known to eat it at night in place of dinner on more than one occasion!! Thanks for sharing. Loving your beautiful blog. Louise :)

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    1. What a lovely comment to wake up to, thank you Louise!

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  39. I've made my own granola before, it's so easy isn't it! Yours looks so pretty in that jar. I don't suppose you know how long you can keep it for do you? I made tons and didn't really know!

    Kirstie | www.kimamelybeauty.com

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    1. I usually eat one/two batches within about a week or two but that's usually just because I eat it pretty frequently. I don't think this would go bad very quickly though, there's not really any perishable ingredients in it, if that makes sense.

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  40. I'm with you there, granola isn't just for breakfast - it's the perfect meal/snack for any time of day! I like your clean shots of the ingredients by the way :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Thank you Gabrielle, positive comments on my photography always make me smile :)

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  41. Yayyy I love granola recipes! This post has been bookmarked! xo

    Emily // Lynde Avenue

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    1. So happy you liked the post Emily, enjoy the granola! :)

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    1. It's extremely easy and fuss free, that's why I like it so much!

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  43. That sounds so delicious. Thanks for sharing! (:
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. It tastes delicious too, glad you liked the recipe Nati :)

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  44. This looks so yummy! I love peanutbutter <3

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    1. Me too, every time I make the peanut butter version of this granola I always end up eating the whole batch at one! Haha

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  45. Ahh these look so yummy! Some great ideas, thanks for sharing! <3
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