5 Ingredient Homemade Granola

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5 Ingredient Homemade Granola

I am a granola enthusiast. I love trying different brands and different recipes. However, this is the recipe I always come back to. It's the recipe I make on the weekend to have granola throughout the week. It's the recipe I dole out when someone wants a simple breakfast. This granola has changed slightly over the years, but the change is good. After trying Dolly and Oatmeal's granola recipe from her book, the idea of using flour as a binding agent led me to this updated version. Pulsing a few of the oats to flour helps to create the final clumpy, homemade granola goodness.


5 Ingredient Homemade Granola

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup walnut oil (see note)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 300˚ and cover a baking tray with parchment (or silpat.)
  2. In a food processor, pulse 1/2 cup of the oats until the oats resemble flour. Add remaining ingredients and pulse 6 to 8 times, just until everything is mixed well.
  3. Pour oats on to tray and evenly spread into a thin layer. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, turning the tray half way through. Granola should be lightly browned and beginning to crisp when done. Remove and let sit until cool. Break apart and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


+ I like nut oil but sunflower oil or coconut oil would work in place of the nut oil.

Homemade Granola


This is a very basic recipe which means there's a ton of room for variations. I always start with this recipe and add swap in based on what I have on hand. I usually use maple syrup but brown rice syrup or honey would also work. Also try adding cardamom, cinnamon, and/nutmeg to the recipe.

Oats: If you can, find other grains in flake form. A few of my favorite: kamut, rye, spelt, and quinoa.

Nuts/Seeds: Swap out the pecans for sunflower seeds, chia, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and/or popped quinoa.

Dried Fruits: Add after baking: dried cranberries, apricots, or chopped dates.

5 Ingredient Clumpy Homemade Granola

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22 comments on “5 Ingredient Homemade Granola”

  1. Granola is one of my favorites to make too! I love the way it makes the whole house smell!

  2. Love how easy and simple this is... Granola is one of. My favorite things to make and glad to have yet another orecipe!

  3. This is so easy! I'm going to make it right now...no joke.

  4. This is so delicious and easy. Breakfast just got tastier. And a belated congratulations on your engagement!!!

  5. Love the recipe! I was wondering, do you think I could substitute raw, local honey for the maple syrup? Maple comes from so far away and is pretty processed. I would love to be able to use some honey I bought from a farmers market a few weeks back to help with my allergies.

  6. I used this recipe much for the ratios, but I switched it up a little bit. I used honey instead of maple syrup, and grapeseed oil (because it's so neutral). Then I added a pinch of cinnamon and a splash of vanilla. I didn't have very many nuts, so I used about a tablespoon of walnuts and for the rest of the nut amount I used amaranth. I think the crunch will be great. It smells awesome in the oven 😀

  7. Made it and loved it. Added pecans, sunflower seeds and everything else called for. Coconut oil worked well and also added cinnamon and orange zest.

  8. I've tried so many granola recipes and this is my favorite! Other recipes don't get clumpy, burn, or just leave something to be desired. The food processor really makes this on par with store bought granola and changes the game. Simple, delicious. I've made two batches in two days and ate it all. and I live alone. Tastes like graham crackers. I would've made more but I'm out of coconut oil. So good! shared the recipe with my mom and she loves it too.


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