There are plenty of granola cereals out there. Lots of them.
But I find that quite often, there are ingredients in the store-bought granolas that I don’t like.
A lot come with dried fruit. Not my thing. At least not in my cereal.
They are also a bit heavy on the sugars…which seems to go against the idea of granola being healthy.
Gluten-free granola can also, not only, be a challenge to find, but when you do find it, it’s ridiculously expensive.
So why not make my own and avoid all of those issues??
Simple nutty granola is really…well…simple!
It’s got simple ingredients and comes together easily with just 4 ingredients. FOUR!
Mildly sweetened with some maple syrup, you can enjoy this deliciously nutty granola with some cold cold cold milk…because really cold milk makes all cereals better! And topped with some fresh berries, it is a perfect way to start your day.
To be a total purist, you could remove the nuts from this nutty granola and sub in an extra cup of rolled oats.
Or if you want this to be nut-free, substitute the nuts with seeds! This recipe is easy to change up according to what you like!
You know what else you can do with this granola? Try making Simply Nutty Granola Bars!! If you’ve got a batch of Simply Nutty Granola on hand, making the bars is a breeze because they’re no-bake bars!
So pass on by the expensive sugar-laden granolas in the cereal aisle and try making your own! Then you can start your mornings off even better by eating a granola you love!
Simple Nutty Granola
- 4 cups rolled oats See note below for gluten-free
- 1 cup chopped nuts of your choice (I use half cashews and half sliced almonds)
- 1/4 cup extra light olive oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Preheat oven 250 deg F (120 C).
- If using whole nuts, chop into small pieces.
- In large bowl, combine rolled oats and chopped nuts. Mix well.
- Add oil and maple syrup and mix well.
- Transfer granola to a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
- Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
- I use Bob's Red Mill gluten-free rolled oats for a gluten-free version of the granola. Use regular rolled oats if you do not have a gluten allergy.
- For a nut-free version, replace the 1 cup of nuts with seeds! I have made a version with sunflower seeds and pepitas that is just as good!
- If you want a slightly sweeter granola, stir in 2 tbs of soft brown sugar in with the dry ingredients before adding the oil and maple syrup.
- Use any combination of your favorite nuts for this granola. Go for walnuts, pecans...whatever suits your fancy.
- Play with the oats to nuts ratio if you prefer a nuttier granola...try 3 cups of oats to 2 cups of chopped nuts.
- If you like dried fruit in your granola, I would either add those as a topping when you eat, or add them in the last 15 minutes of baking time so they don't become too hard and dried out.
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This post was originally published on December 1st, 2016, but was republished in January 2019 with new photos, instructional photos, and updated recipe notes.