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20+ Homemade Granola and Granola Bar Recipes

20+ Homemade Granola and Granola Bar Recipes

From our editors, chefs, and community

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Carolin Roitzheim

Carolin Roitzheim

Food Editor at Kitchen Stories

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In my family, especially championed by my mom, a bowl of crunchy granola steps in for the typical morning coffee. It provides quick energy and is packed with nutrients, so it makes for an easy, delicious start to the day. It can also be turned to at other times, offering a crisp, slightly sweet pick-me-up-slash-power-snack or a crunchy addition to an all-I-brought-is-yogurt lunch. My colleague Lara told me that her personal rule is to never leave the house without a snack in her bag, and what better way to do that than with a granola bar? Just one bite can stave off the hanger (hunger anger) in many a tough, time-sensitive situation.

However, since store-bought bars and boxes can be quite expensive and often contain unnecessary amounts of sugar, it’s not a bad idea to learn how easy it is to make crunchy granola and granola bars at home. You can fill them with your favorite ingredients, make them vegan or gluten-free, and adjust the amount and type of sugar to your liking. If you can plan ahead and make a bigger batch, it’ll always be there for you, no matter when you need them. Just reach into your bag or pantry and you'll never have to be hangry again!

Granola is so versatile, and you only have to put int what you like or already have on hand. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Cereals: oats, puffed wheat, puffed quinoa, or amaranth (gluten-free), cornflakes
Nuts and seeds: almonds, cashews, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, peanuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, sesame or chia seeds
Spices and extras: cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, coconut flakes, matcha or pumpkin spice
Fruits: banana, dried cranberries, dates, mulberries, raisins, dried mango
Sweeteners and binders: honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, rice syrup, peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, tahini, egg whites

Learn how to make your own easy homemade crunchy granola in our handy how-to here. If you like things a bit less sweet, try our savory granola. Of course, you can also get creative with spices and other ingredients to truly make it your own!

Our favorite granola recipes

To make sure you don't run out of inspiration or get lost in a million possible combinations, we’ve collected our favorite granola and granola bar recipes from both our chefs and editors and the wider Kitchen Stories community! There’s sure to be something for everyone, so give them a try, and keep them on hand for quick breakfasts or much-needed snack breaks.

With milk, yogurt, fruit, or just to crunch:

Make banana bread granola with Lisa

Make banana bread granola with Lisa
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Orange granola
Homemade golden granola with yogurt
Crunchy chocolate granola
Chocolate coconut granola
Pumpkin granola
Quinoa granola

Practical granola bars (and cookies!) for the in-between:

Chocolate-dipped banana granola bars

Chocolate-dipped banana granola bars
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Breakfast bars
Seedy granola bars
Vegan granola bars
Vegan, refined sugar-free granola bars
Breakfast superfood cookies
Chia seed cookies

Take your granola to a new level:

Strawberry granola crisp

Strawberry granola crisp
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Granola biscotti
Muesli energy bites
Healthy granola hearts
Honey-melon smoothie bowl with coconut granola

Turn your favorite granola into dessert:

Make-ahead layered yogurt and nut butter jars

Make-ahead layered yogurt and nut butter jars
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Published on March 8, 2022

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