Homemade Granola {Easy Microwave Prep}

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How would you like to go to bed and wake up to  yummy, crunchy granola for breakfast?  This is a breakfast staple that is prepped in five minutes at our house.

I start mixing the oil, brown sugar and honey in a large glass measuring cup. I whisk it together and microwave on high for a minute and a half. Watch it so it doesn’t boil over.

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Then I add the vanilla and the cinnamon.

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I combine the wet ingredients with seven cups of oats. That’s a whole lot of breakfast for less than $2!

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I use a silpat mat on a large cooking sheet, but a piece of parchment paper would work also. It will save you some time scraping up the granola. Spread on a single layer cookie sheet and bake at 375 for ten minutes. I ALWAYS bake a pan when I’m already baking something else. This saves time and money when the oven is already on.

Then turn oven off OR leave it in for another ten minutes to speed up the process. Remove and allow it to cool.  It will crisp up as it cools. Store in an airtight container. Leave it in overnight and wake up to breakfast.

We like to add cranberries and walnuts AFTER it’s baked because the kids like it plain. It’s better with the nuts toasted if everyone liked nuts. Also, when I omit the nuts, the kids can take it to school as a snack so we add it to the granola later.

Last tip: I buy my honey at Sams or Aldi for a great price or wait until it is Buy One Get One Free at Ingles. Aldi also has a great buy on old-fashioned oats. I also bake a pan of chewy chocolate chip granola bars right after this prep, no washing the bowl is necessary :)

 

Homemade Holiday Granola

Frugal, easy breakfast granola or treat for any holiday. Add colored candy, printable gift tags and grosgrain ribbon to brighten any holiday.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (measure first and the honey will slide out easily)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 7 cups old-fashioned oats
  • Optional Add-Ins before baking:
  • sliced/slivered almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut, pumpkin or sunflower seeds
  • Optional Add-Ins after baking:
  • Pretzels, M&Ms, semi-sweet chocolate pieces, dried fruit

Instructions

  1. Mix brown sugar, oil, and honey in a microwave safe bowl or glass measuring cup.
  2. Heat on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Watch it so it does not boil over.
  3. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla.
  4. Pour over oats in a large bowl.
  5. Stir until well coated.
  6. Spread oats on a 9×13 pan lined with non-stick silpat or parchment paper.
  7. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
  8. Turn oven off and allow to sit in oven over night.
  9. Or stir and bake another ten minutes and allow to cool completely.
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It can be bagged in a long cylinder cellophane bag and tied with a grosgrain ribbon for a pretty holiday gift. Add walnuts, sliced almonds, peanuts, pecans, cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, m and m’s, pretzels, goldfish or virtually any “snacky” item and make it into a trail mix. It’s so versatile, yummy and pretty.

I like to serve it with cranberries and walnuts and milk. We eat it as a cold cereal. It’s good on top of ice-cream or as a topping for fruit crisp.  It’s a sweet crunchy topping for a salad. My daughter likes it with yogurt and fruit mixed like a parfait. It makes a great ministry gift.

How would you serve this granola?

If you prefer maple syrup, click here for another easy recipe.

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Comments

  1. hey. i like your blog Homemade Granola with Honey » Mom On A Mission for Christ and will most definitely add a link to http://momonamission.me/?p=286 on my site.

  2. Hi Jackie! I made this yesterday and it was DEEEELICIOUS!! Made my house smell great too! Thanks for the great recipe (it’s going to be a staple in my house from now on).
    Oh, and I love the new look of your website!
    God Bless!!
    -Ruth <

  3. This is basically the recipe I have always used. but never thought to do it overnight. Less chance of accidentally burning it this way, because it goes from toasty to burned so easily. Thanks

  4. Brandette W. says:

    I tried my hand at making homemade granola for the first time today. I used this recipe and it is FANTASTIC, Jackie! I usually spend a lot on my favorite granola at Trader Joe’s, but when I finished it up and wasn’t going to be making a trip to TJ’s anytime soon, I decided to improvise and try your recipe. It was very easy to make, makes a ton that I stored in 2 large Gladware containers, and made my house smell so comfy & Fall-Like while it was baking. I can’t rave enough about this, it is so yummy!

    I also buy my honey in bulk at Sam’s and buy the big canisters of old-fashioned oats at Aldi for a steal! LOVE LOVE those 2 stores.

    Once again, thank you so much for a delicious, easy, and so frugal recipe. I am absolutely loving your blog!

    • Brandette, that makes me so happy you are saving tons of $ making your own. We’re supposed to be getting a Trader Joes. I’m anxious to see what the rave is all about and see what I can duplicate cheaper :) Thank you for sharing. Enjoy and blessings.

      • I haven’t shopped at Trader Joe’s much b/c I’ve never lived near one, but a friend brought some of their Powerberries for me as a gift, and they are delicious. Here’s a description:

        A fruit snack for adults! “Powerberries” are a tart/sweet fruit center coated with a hard dark chocolate shell. The fruit filling is a blend of acai, pomegranate, blueberry, cranberry, and elderberry, and the inclusion of so many tart berries really keeps the sweetness of these fruit snacks in check. The dark chocolate is hard, not melty, so these seem like they would be a great on-the-go snack. They are gluten-free, low in sodium, and they contain flavanol antioxidants. If you have to satisfy a chocolate craving, these seem like a (slightly) healthier way to do it!

  5. Allison Martin says:

    Hey! I love this site you have! Some things I can’t do yet BC of my current kitchen, but others like this granola I can do easily! I’m looking forward to seeing how much money I will be saving by your cooking tips! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  6. Hi, Jackie! I haven’t made granola in a while but decided to last night once I had a free spot in the oven. When I was making it on a regular basis a few years ago I had the timing down, but I lost my touch and always seemed to under or over bake it. Yesterday I remembered your trick of leaving it in overnight and it came out perfectly!!! BTW, if you like more clumps I read somewhere to mix in oat flour (about 1/2 cup for this size batch) and it works GREAT! Just grind up some extra oats in your blender. I also add flax meal and water to replace the oil. Thank you for helping us wake up to yummy, big clumps of granola this morning!

  7. Have you created a gingerbread version of this granola? I found some gingerbread granola at Aldi’s that was delicious, and I was hoping to create my own version. We love your easy overnight granola, and I’m sure there would be a way to create a gingerbread version. I was just wondering if you’d done any experimenting.

  8. How much pumpkin do you use? The canned kind?

  9. Teresa Leonard says:

    I just made a batch and decided to try the sunflower seeds. What a delicious suggestion!

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