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5 Ingredient Big Batch Homemade Granola

Whenever I browse the granola in the breakfast cereal aisle, I always have two questions:

Why is it so gosh-darn expensive? And why don’t more people make homemade granola?

Granola is ridiculously easy to make. And you can make a gallon of it for the cost of a single package. Plus, you get to customize your homemade granola just the way you like it. {More on that in a minute.}

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I have to come clean that I’m not the person in my household who keeps us stocked in homemade granola. Credit goes to my husband Benjamin who is also the primary consumer of said granola.

The other truth is that we only stock plain granola. No nuts, no fruits, no seeds, no coconut. That’s because our daughters prefer it that way.

So, our granola recipe has five ingredients: rolled oats, maple syrup, avocado oil, vanilla extract and sea salt. And we {the royal “we”} make it in big batches–about a gallon–so that it lasts for about a month.

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A big batch of essential homemade granola is not only great for your family. It’s perfect for gift giving.

Endless Granola Mix-Ins

And you can mix-in all kinds of wonderful ingredients to make customized packages of homemade granola as gifts. Here are some of my favorite combos:

  • unsweetened flake coconut, freeze-dried blueberries, chia seeds
  • toasted slivered almonds, golden raisins, toasted pumpkin seeds
  • toasted pecans, chopped dates, toasted sunflower seeds
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And that’s just the dried ingredients you can pull from your pantry!

We also stock frozen blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, canned peaches and pineapple for wintertime granola noshing. In summertime, the fresh fruits take over our morning bowls of homemade granola with yogurt.

All you need to do is preheat your oven to 250 degrees F and grab your largest mixing bowl.

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Lightly sweetened, this is a whole-grain meal or snack that’s ready any time–day or night–anyone is hungry. In minutes!


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What’s your favorite kind of granola? Let me know in the comments below or tag a photo #lynnesforage on Instagram or Facebook.

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Essential Big Batch Granola

Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 1 gallon
Author: lynnes

This homemade granola is a staple in our house for breakfast and snacks. Made using thick-cut rolled oats, avocado oil and maple syrup, it's a basic recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. Kids love it plain while adults can embellish with nuts, seeds and dried fruit. It's great for family camping trips and to jazz up for holiday gifts, too.


  • 14 cups thick-cut rolled oats old-fashioned
  • 2 cups maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups avocado oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Optional mix-ins:

  • 2-4 cups dried fruit, such as golden raisins, chopped dried apricots or dried cranberries
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 2-4 cups toasted nuts, such as sliced or slivered almonds, chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 2 cups toasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Whisk the maple syrup, oil, vanilla and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the oats and mix well until they are evenly coated.

  3. Distribute the granola evenly into a single layer in the 2 baking sheets. Bake for 2 hours, removing the baking sheets from the oven to stir them well twice (about every 40 minutes).

  4. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool to room temperature. Stir in any optional mix-ins to suit your taste. Or leave it plain so everyone can customize it bowl by bowl. Store in an airtight jar at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

A big batch is perfect for a family or for gift giving. For a small batch, simply cut the recipe in half.

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