Updated Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Katherine Flynn Courtesy Cooking Light

Skip store-bought granola, which are often high in calories, fat, and sugar, and instead create a homemade version that can last for weeks. DIY granola is so easy and will fill your home with the wonderful scent of spices and citrus.

This clean eating granola is naturally sweetened with a touch of honey and fresh orange juice. With bold flavor from a variety of chopped nuts, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, we kept this big batch recipe simple so you can add any stir-ins you prefer. Some of our favorite combinations include crystallized ginger and toasted coconut, dried cherries and dark chocolate, and fresh lavender and dried apricots.

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 36 (1/3 cup per serving)

Katherine Flynn Courtesy Cooking Light


  • 6 cups old-fashioned, rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly to ensure even baking.

Spread the granola on the sheet pans to create a thin layer. Bake for 30 minutes occasionally rotating the baking sheets to avoid burning.

Remove from the oven when golden brown and let cool for ten minutes. Add any optional toppings. Store the mixture in a large container with a sealed lid.

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