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Homemade Granola

This healthy granola has no added fat and uses less sugar and also has options for using maple syrup or honey
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, granola, healthy recipes
Servings: 16
Calories: 331kcal
Author: Cindy Hopper


  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar OR 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup Splenda brown sugar OR 3/4 cup pure maple syrup or 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water (omit if using pure maple syrup or honey)
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt I use Kosher salt
  • 8 cups rolled oats not quick or instant
  • 2 cup chopped nuts I use pecans, walnuts and slivered almonds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.
  • Combine brown sugar and water. Place in microwave (use a large microwave-safe bowl --mixture will bubble high for 5 minutes or cook on stovetop until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from stove or microwave, add vanilla and salt. If using pure maple syrup or honey omit the water and skip heating.
  • Combine oats, nuts, and brown sugar syrup mixture. Stir until mixed. Spread the granola onto cookie sheets or a very large jelly roll pan (12 x 18) and bake 45 minutes to 1 hour or until golden and crunchy. Check after 30 minutes. You don't want it to burn. You may add in dried fruit as it comes out of the oven. Store cooled granola in an airtight container.


  • Serving size is 1/2 cup.  I am always surprised that store-bought granola typically is only 1/4 cup. Who only eats 1/4 cup?
  • Nutrition is calculated using brown sugar.
  • Nutrition for maple pure syrup recipe:
293 kcal Calories
40g Carbohydrates
8g Protein
12g Fat
1g Saturated Fat
77mg Sodium
245mg Potassium
5g Fiber
10g Sugar
1mg Vitamin C
53mg Calcium
2mg Iron
  • Nutrition for the honey recipe:
301kcal Calories
43g Carbohydrates
8g Protein
12g Fat
1g Saturated Fat
77mg Sodium
219mg Potassium
5g Fiber
14g Sugar
1mg Vitamin C
38mg Calcium
2mg Iron
  • If using pure maple syrup or honey be sure to mix well.
  • Allow to cool completely in pan before removing to an airtight container. This will ensure there are some clusters.
  • Serve with fruit, over yogurt or with milk like cereal.  I like mine with coconut milk. YUM!


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg