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Homemade Granola Recipe

Crunchy, 5 Ingredient Homemade Granola

We were lucky enough to taste some incredible food on a recent surf trip to Indonesia. Something that stood out for me was a super crunchy, toasty granola with the perfect combination of sweet & savoury. We bought as many bags of that delicious granola that we could fit into our suitcases to take home. Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and we ran out within a few weeks.

It was then that my search for the perfect homemade granola recipe began. So far, I’ve tried at least ten different recipes with loads of different ingredients. This one is by far the best. It’s simple, crunchy, toasty, sweet, savoury, and very easy to make!

Homemade Granola Ingredients

  • Rolled oats (300 grams)
  • Cranberries (2 handfuls)
  • Pure honey (3 tablespoons)
  • Mixed seeds -I use pumpkin seeds & sunflower seeds (1 handful)
  • Coconut chips (3-4 handfuls) Note: these taste incredible once toasted, so be generous with the amount you put into your granola mixture. 


  1. Pre-heat your oven to bake at 220 degrees celsius.
  2. Line a medium oven tray with baking paper.
  3. Evenly spread your rolled oats over the tray until the base is covered.
  4. Add coconut chips & seeds.
  5. Pour honey over the mixture. Use a wooden spoon to spread the honey evenly so your mixture is nice and gooey.
  6. Pop the mixture into the oven for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on it while it cooks, as every oven is different. Take the granola out of the oven & give the tray a shake to mix it a bit, then pop it back in for 5 minutes. The mixture should be dark brown in colour, and the coconut chips should be toasted and brown in colour. If not, leave it in for a bit longer. The most important thing is that it’s fully toasted & crunchy.
  7. Once you’re done, take your tray out of the oven & mix your cranberries in.

Leave the granola to cool, then pour it into an airtight glass container or jar. Perfect! Serve it as a topping on your morning smoothie bowl, or over double cream yoghurt, or just have it as a mid-day snack on the go.

Variations: You can also add cashew nuts, dried banana chips & dark chocolate or white chocolate chips (add the chips after baking). 

Homemade granol recipe, crunchy 5-ingredients.

Granola’s oats deliver impressive numbers in fiber and iron, while nuts and seeds add heart-healthy unsaturated fats and some protein. 

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