These flavor-packed healthy combos are way better than anything you'll overpay for at the grocery store

By Marnie Soman Schwartz
August 29, 2016
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Homemade granola is one of those kitchen DIYs that sounds super fancy and impressive but is actually unbelievably easy. And when you make your own, you can keep an eye on the sweeteners, oil, and salt (ensuring the recipe stays healthy), and also get way more creative than the typical creations you'll find on a supermarket shelf. Katie Sullivan Morford, M.S., R.D., author of Rise & Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings and the blog Mom's Kitchen Handbook, shares six original takes on granola that anyone can do (seriously!). Any good homemade granola follows the simple recipe pattern below, but it's the add-ins and flavor combos that change things up.

Basic How-to for Homemade Granola

1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients and use your hands or a spoon to mix well.

3. Spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until deeply golden brown, anywhere from 35 to 50 minutes, turning the baking sheet halfway through. Remove from the oven, scatter any add-ins on granola and cool completely.

4. Transfer granola to an airtight container. It'll last at room temperature for several weeks, or in the freezer (in a ziplock bag with the air pressed out) for up to three months.

Sprinkle your granola over a fruit salad, on top of a smoothie bowl (like one of these 10 Better-for-You Smoothie Bowl Recipes Under 500 Calories), stirred into yogurt, or on its own as a crunchy snack.