Stale Granola? Perk It Up in the Microwave

updated May 2, 2019
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I am the sole granola eater in my house, which suits me just fine. (All mine!) But toward the end of eating my way through a big batch, I find that the granola can start to lose its crisp and get a little stale. A quick spin in the microwave helps take care of that.

Microwaving heats up the oils absorbed by the granola and re-toasts the nuts and grains. I usually place the few spoonfuls I’ll be eating that morning into a ramekin and give it about 10 seconds on HIGH. That’s just enough to crisp up the granola without scorching. If you’re re-crisping a larger batch for several people, spread it out on a plate and microwave in 10 second bursts until it’s crispy again.

This is really just a temporary solution. If you let the re-crisped granola sit out for too long, it goes back to its limp and stale state. This is why I find it’s best to microwave just what I’m going to eat for breakfast. If you have a toaster oven, re-toasting on the toaster tray for a minute or two would also do the job quite nicely.