Granola has come a long way from being the crunchy hippie food it was once considered. Now popular with people of all stripes, this classic breakfast food has just as many variations as there are people to enjoy them.
Sweet, savory, loose, clustered — there's no wrong way to make and enjoy a batch of granola. Take these 12 recipes as inspiration, and then explore and experiment until you create your own signature granola.
If you want the taste of gingerbread year-round without actually having to make a batch of gingerbread, this granola will hit the spot. The warming spices and a healthy dose of molasses result in some serious comfort food.
Bacon just makes everything better, doesn't it? Even this granola recipe benefits from the salty cured meat. It's perfect served atop polenta or even labneh.
If, like me, you grew up eating peanut butter and honey sandwiches, this granola recipe will be the perfect throw-back breakfast. It's hard to resist that perfect mix of salty and sweet.
If you've only been using your tahini paste for making hummus, you've been missing out. The sesame seed spread gives this granola recipe a whole new level of flavor, and we'll almost never turn down something with cardamom in it.
This granola has a double dose of coconut with both big coconut flakes and coconut palm sugar, which adds a nutty, earthy sweetness to the finished mix.
We love this granola recipe for gifting because it doesn't have to be served over yogurt or with milk. The clusters are the perfect size to be snacked on the second you open the bag.
Once you're ready to start making up your own granola recipes, this is the template you'll want to follow. Megan Gordon, the owner of Marge Granola, shares tons of tips on how to come up with your custom blend.
While we love this recipe during the holidays to serve as a break from all the sweet treats we're inundated with, it's a great snack to have year-round. In fact, make a batch the next time you head to the movies — you might just like it better than popcorn.
If you don't have the time or patience to bake granola in the oven, try this easy stovetop version instead. You can use coconut oil and maple syrup to make this recipe vegan, or opt for butter and honey if you prefer.
One of the best things about granola is that it is so easy to make in big batches. We love making it for new moms, or giving it out during the holidays. Just remember to list any ingredients that could cause potential allergic reactions on the labels.
We have yet to meet a dried fruit that we don't like mixing into our granola; the more the merrier when it comes to adding them in! Just make sure you dice the fruits so they blend in well with the rest of the ingredients.
If you want your granola to feel more like a cluster cereal, this is the recipe to follow. The key to getting perfect clusters is using oat flour and the right kind of oats.