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Five Ingredient Homemade Granola

Healthy and Easy Five Ingredient Homemade Granola. We love this gluten free, vegan treat. Delicious with cold milk or just snack on it by the handful!

 Five Ingredient Homemade Granola



As a kid, I loved cereal.

My Mom was very health minded, growing our own food, baking the bread we ate and cooking every.single.meal. in our kitchen.

One of the few things we had that was ‘store bought’ was cereal. Only the ‘healthier’ cereals, mind you. We had Shredded Wheat, Rice Crispies, Corn Flakes and Shreddies. Never Frosted Flakes or Fruit Loops, despite my endless pleas. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We never had cereal for breakfast, however, as my mom always cooked us a hot meal. Cereal was reserved for special occasions, like when The Wizard of Oz or Mary Poppins was on TV. We’d settle in front of our huge console television, all comfy in our PJ’s with a bowl of cereal as our treat.

Five Ingredient Homemade Granola

Another favourite was Quaker Harvest Crunch Granola. Up until a few years ago I still bought this cereal and considered it to be ‘good for you’. Well, it turns out to not really be so wholesome. In just a single cup serving, Harvest Crunch has over 18 grams of sugar and a whopping 53 milligrams of sodium. Boo Hiss!

So, I began my mission to make my own granola without any added sodium or refined sugars and this super tasty recipe was born.


Here are the five simple ingredients you need to make this easy granola recipe:

Oats. I prefer to use the large flake oats for granola. They have a better texture and lend a nuttier flavour than quick oats. 

a bag of large flake oats

Peanut Butter. My peanut butter of choice is the drippy, crunchy natural variety, meaning the label says “peanuts” and that is it. 

*TIP* Once you have opened you peanut butter jar, store it upside down in your fridge. This will prevent the oil from settling on the bottom and will help to keep the peanut butter smooth and soft instead of a hard, solid chunk.

Maple Syrup. I buy the big ole container from Costco. Done.

Vanilla. It is always a nice addition, in my humble opinion.

These three things melt into one over low heat on the stove.

peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla in a small saucepan


The last ingredient is cinnamon and salt. Yes those are technically two things but you get the idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stir those seasonings in with the oats in a mixing bowl.

a mixing bowl with oats that are sprinkled with cinnamon and salt

Mix it all together well and spread it out on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Pop it in the oven and let the magic happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

granola ingredients being mixed together in a large bowl

a cluster of granola

Have a bowl with some milk and I’ll bet you can’t resist slurping up the milk at the bottom of the bowl.

This recipe is too simple not to try. It’s vegan and can be gluten free if you ensure your oats are certified gluten free and use a plant based milk.

Easy and Healthy Five Ingredient Granola

I now own my own copy of Mary Poppins and plan on watching it this weekend with a nice bowl of this granola.


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Originally posted September 4, 2013. Updated January 16, 2020


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Easy Five Ingredient Homemade Granola

Easy Five Ingredient Homemade Granola

Sharon Rhodes
Healthy and Easy Five Ingredient Homemade Granola. We love this gluten free, vegan treat. Delicious with cold milk or just snack on it by the handful!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 304 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, cinnamon and salt and set aside
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, melt together the peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla
  • Stir the peanut butter mixture into the oats and mix until well combined
  • Spread in a single layer on the parchment lined sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. Let it cool on the sheet for about 15 minutes for it to firm up
  • Break into clusters and store in an airtight container


Calories: 304kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 9gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 77mgPotassium: 295mgFiber: 5gSugar: 13gCalcium: 56mgIron: 2.1mg
Keyword easy homemade granola
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  1. 5 stars
    Very tasty
    I always double it and usually add sunflower seeds, coconut. Or golden raisins and pumpkin seeds, or currants .. Iโ€™ve made it 3 x and it disappears every time.

  2. Hello, First Sorry for my Bad english, I Live in Venezuela, Iยดm fan of the Quaker Granola and many years ago I buy but now its very hard to find, I searching in Internet one copycat recipe but was impossible since today…. YOUR recipe is more delicious that original, I replaced Maple syrup with honey, This granola is Awesome and Cheaper, Thank you very much, Greetings and Graceful.

    1. Hey Ivan! So nice to have you all the way from Venezuela! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for the lovely comment. I’m happy to have reunited you with the granola taste you love. Isn’t it so much better when you make your own? Have a fabulous week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe, it is definitely going in the archives! We just made it exactly as you have written. My boys couldn’t keep their hands out, it is still cooling ~ and it’s almost gone! With a family of 5 ~ 3 boys, hubby and myself ~ it won’t last long… I am definitely making a quadruple batch! When it’s time to go back to school I will attempt a substitution with with sun-butter, as their school is nut free! Thank you.

    1. Hey Shaina! So glad you liked the granola. Opinions from the kids are always the most honest, so I’m glad they are gobbling it up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sunbutter sounds like a great idea!

  4. Hi,

    I remember many years ago, eating homemade granola and it was the best thing I had ever eaten!!
    If you could direct me to such recipes, I would be forever grateful. I would be happy to pay for some super recipes that I am reading about. Certainly granola!!!

  5. Thank you so very much for this recipe! I too love Quaker Harvest Crunch, but, as I live in Australia, I very rarely can buy it. I tried this today and it was great! My wife was even impressed. Thanks again.