Basic Homemade Granola for Breakfast, Snacking, or Topping


My first breakfast of the new year is this basic homemade granola over unsweetened dairy-free yogurt with fresh fruit. I was craving some nourishing energy to help me plan for the month ahead, because big things are happening. For starters, my new cookbook Eat Dairy Free is officially launching next week, and I have a bunch of helpful support info to share with you this week. Also, I’m returning as the Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and my duties are about to kick into high gear. 

Basic Homemade Granola Recipe (naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and optionally vegan and nut-free)

I think everyone needs a basic homemade granola recipe.

Eat Dairy Free - the premier healthy, everyday cookbook for dairy-free livingIt’s so incredibly easy to make, and kicks the pants off  store-bought granola. And it’s worth noting that many brands of granola do contain dairy. Some include milk powder, whey powder, butter, or other dairy-based ingredients.

This recipe is naturally dairy-free, and can be gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly, if you please.

Plus, you can customize this homemade granola with whatever add-ins your craving, or have on hand.

But if you’re adding dried fruit or chocolate chips, toss it in just as the granola comes out of the oven. 

Basic Homemade Granola Recipe (naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and optionally vegan and nut-free)

Special Diet Notes: Basic Homemade Granola

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, optionally vegan, vegetarian, and optionally top food allergy-friendly.

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Basic Homemade Granola
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I adapted this dairy-free homemade granola from a beloved family recipe by my friend Janelle.
Serves: 7 cups
  1. Preheat your oven to 300ºF and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Put the oats, almonds, and sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Put the oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl, and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour the wet mixture over the oat mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
  5. Spread the granola in a single layer on your prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes and stir. Bake for 15 more minutes, and stir. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  7. Let cool completely. It will crisp up as it cools.
  8. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or freeze to enjoy later.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 215 Fat: 11g Sugar: 13g Sodium: 43mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 6g

Key Pantry Supplies: Basic Homemade Granola

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. What oil do you use instead of coconut oil? I literally just used the last of our store bought and told my husband I’m making the next batch!

    • I hear you, it’s one of those things that’s so easy to buy at the store! I waffle back and forth – once I remember how easy it is to make at home, then I go on a homemade kick like this one 🙂

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