Healthy Homemade Granola

The winner of the Lucid Food giveaway (picked by was Sara. Many thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks of course to Louisa Shafia for donating a signed copy of her awesome book. I’ve got at least 3 more giveaways lined up this summer, so please stay tuned!

Even though the giveaway is over, I just have to share this recipe. It’s inspired by the granola that appears in Lucid Food, which Louisa calls “The Best Granola Ever”.

I made some changes to Louisa’s version based on what was in my cupboards, and I just loved the result. This combination of seeds is both nutritious and delicious, it is naturally sweetened (with a combination of the dried fruits and a small amount of maple syrup), and the organic coconut oil makes it much healthier than most granolas that are commercially available.

homemade granola

A note about coconut oil: If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I enjoy organic coconut oil and use it all the time in my cooking and baking. I do this because it is an all natural fat that supports a healthy weight and good health.

Coconut oil is liquid in hot weather, but solid when the temperature outside is cooler. Sometimes I forget to mention that if it is cool outside, you may need to liquify your coconut oil to use in a recipe. Not a problem here in NY in the summer, but if you are making this recipe in a cooler climate, just place your jar in a pan of hot water and your coconut oil will melt.

If you don’t have coconut oil, other oils that I might try in this recipe include grapeseed oil and olive oil (I personally do not use canola or other polyunsaturated vegetable oils in my cooking because I don’t believe they contribute to good health).

I’ve been eating a small bowl of this healthy homemade granola, topped with fresh berries from my garden, every day for breakfast lately. That says a lot…because I rarely eat the same thing two days in a row. I love it topped with plain kefir (a cultured dairy product that I make with raw milk). It’s also great with plain yogurt, or if you don’t do dairy, your favorite milk alternative (almond milk or other nut/seed milk would be nice). It’s also great by the handful as a snack.

If you do not eat gluten, you can use gluten-free oats in this recipe.

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This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and the first edition of the Simple Lives Thursday Blog Hop!

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Recipe for Homemade Granola

Inspired by the recipe for The Best Granola Ever that appears in Lucid Food by Louisa Shafia
Yield: about 4 cups


  • *1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • *1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • *1/3 cup raw sesame seeds
  • *2 cups organic rolled oats
  • *1-2 teaspoons organic ground cinnamon
  • *3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • *3 tablespoons organic coconut oil liquified in a pan of hot water, if necessary
  • *1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • *1/2 cup organic raisins
  • *1/2 cup organic dried cranberries unsulphured dried apricots, or other dried fruit (chopped, if necessary)
  • *1/4 cup raw cacao nibs- optional but highly recommended (70% dark chocolate chips could be substituted, if desired)


  • 1. Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • 2. Pour all ingredients except cacao nibs in a large bowl and stir well.
  • 3. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet in a thin layer.
  • 4. Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • 5. Remove pan from oven, toss granola around, rotate the pan, and bake for another 15 minutes. Repeat until granola is completely dry and light golden brown (about 1 hour total).
  • 6. Allow to cool and then stir in cacao nibs. Store in an air-tight container.

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30 thoughts on “Healthy Homemade Granola”

  1. Love this recipe! 2nd time around, for more protein and fiber, I added whey vanilla protein powder, 1/4 cup wheat germ, and flaxseed meal, and increased the coconut oil by 3 tbsp. I also adjusted the Maple Syprup by 1 tbsp. and the vanilla by 1 tsp. and added an extra tsp of cinnamon. I’ve made this recipe 5 times now and each time using different dried fruits and seeds. Have used dried mango, papaya, ginger, shredded unsweetened coconut, craisins, and blueberries. Just amazing! Everyone loves it!! Next I’m adding chia seeds for even more fiber.

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  5. Any suggestions for using a microwave oven or electric stovetop burner to cook if you don’t have access to a conventional oven? Could I just dry-roast these in a non-stick pot on a burner? Or could I adjust the cooking time in a microwave? Any suggestions would be welcome –

  6. i first fell in love with cocoa nibs in granola when i tried the pecan-cocoa nib granola at clearflour bakery in brookline, massachusetts. it’s incredible! and i bet it goes particularly well with the coconut oil. thank you for posting the recipe!

  7. Could you tell me what the nutritional data is on this recipe? Specifically calories and sugar content? It looks great, and I want to try it, but I need to know how many calories to account for. Thanks!

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  9. This looks SO good. I am a huge fan of granola. I’m right there with you on coconut oil – I love it! I’m actually giving some away on my blog right now. Now, for me to be off to make this granola…

  10. Wow- I had no idea everyone would get so excited over granola! I mean, it excites me, but I figured maybe I’d be the only one ;)

    Lindsay- so glad you tried the cacao nibs. I agree, they are amazing!

    Aubree- thank you so much for adding this to your round-up!

  11. We really enjoy a good homemade granola around here. It’s so easy to make and the taste of the store-bought kind just can’t compare. Not to mention, it’s so much more economical! We’ll be trying this awesome recipe very soon!

  12. Ok, the cacao nibs are amazing. You have revolutionized my breakfast, and I think I am in love with a bowl of granola plus Greek yogurt plus nibs!!!!


  13. I need to get back to having real breakfast — not just my usual coffee — and this recipe looks like an excellent, healthy, and delicious way to start. Well done, Winnie! A generous scoop of this granola would be lovely as a topping for Greek yogurt.

  14. Mmm, I was wondering how coconut oil would work in granola… I just made my first batch this week (and was surprised at just how EASY it is) with applesauce instead of oil.

    But I think the coconut oil would add such a nice flavour!

    I’ve had my eye on that book for a while now, and may just need to grab it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. YUM! And coconut oil! How perfect! We LOVE granola! It really can spruce up cereal, yogurt, fruit cobbler and sometimes just for a pop-in-your-mouth snack. This look delicious! My husband is ready for me to make some now!

  16. Good granola is one of life’s greatest, but simplest pleasures, I think. Yours looks terrific, Winnie. I need to make granola!


  17. There is nothing better than homemade granola. Not only does it taste much better, but it is so much more affordable. Plus, you can add all of your favorite goodies. I love cranberries and almonds!

  18. Yum! I love granola. And you’ve packed in so many tasty and nutritious things. I need to make some granola; I’m definitely going to use your recipe to get me started! It sounds lovely :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  19. I’ve been wanting to make homemade granola for awhile now. I’m going to put all of these ingredients on my azure order and make this over the weekend. Thanks for sharing your recipe, looks great :D

  20. I love dried fruit and seeds you’ve added to the granola. I’ve never seen cocoa nibs in my market will look for them. Thanks for the great idea.

  21. I LOVE that this recipe has no nuts. My girls are nut-allergic and I am always subbing in sunflower seeds and pepitas for the nuts in any granola recipe, but some recipes are so reliant on nuts for flavor that the granola falls flat without them. I cannot wait to try this one. Thanks!

  22. Homemade granola with almond milk is one of my go-to breakfast options. One of the few things that keep me going until lunch. This version is a little different from my usual, I’ll have to try it out. I’ve actually never had cacao nibs, keep meaning to try them!