This healthy no bake granola cereal recipe is the perfect breakfast to start your day. You never even have to turn on the oven! After trying this recipe just once, you will never buy a box of granola again.
Healthy No Bake Granola Cereal
This no bake granola recipe is going to completely change how you view cereal in general. After making this recipe just once, you will no longer think that “good” cereal comes from a box in the grocery store. Instead, you will crave delicious, fresh, crunchy granola that you made at home. If this sounds too good to be true, keep reading!
To begin, our homemade granola is by far healthier than anything you can get in the store and here is why.
- The recipe is made with rolled oats which are full of fiber, protein and healthy fats.
- The only sweetener added is agave nectar (or you can also substitute a half cup honey!) which is completely natural. Many store bought granolas contain granulated white sugar or artificial sweeteners that are not as beneficial to your body.
- Using sunflower seeds, chia seeds, shredded coconut and ground flaxseeds in this recipe takes the granola to a whole new level of healthiness. Each of these ingredients brings nutrients and minerals that are unparalleled
These are just a few examples of why granola is healthy. It’s also why our recipe is the one you should reach for when you want to prepare a beneficial yet tasty breakfast for yourself.
How to Make Granola Cereal
Our recipe for homemade granola may be one of the easiest out there. That’s because there is no oven involved. In fact, there is no cooking required at all! Just mixing a few ingredients together and eating. Here is a quick look at how this recipe is made:
- The agave, vanilla and peanut butter are all mixed and heated slightly in a microwave.
- Then, the remaining ingredients are tossed together in a large bowl.
- Next, the warm peanut butter mixture is poured over the dry ingredients and stirred to combine.
- The granola is eaten and enjoyed.
As you can see, this really is an easy granola to whip up! No baking and no complicated ingredients or steps required.
Uses for Granola
While I love to enjoy a bowl of granola with a little coconut milk, you can also use this recipe to make fantastic parfaits and even granola bars. A few modifications and this recipe actually turns into one of the easiest recipes for granola bars that you can find.
So here you go:
- Add an extra two tablespoons of peanut butter to the mixture and combine all the ingredients well.
- Press the granola firmly into a greased baking pan and then put the entire tray in the fridge to cool and harden.
- Cut the granola bars into your desired shape and enjoy! Individually wrap each bar and store in the fridge for about a week.
You can also sprinkle some of this granola over your favorite ice cream as a way to add some crunch to your dessert. We know that the possibilities are endless. So if you think of any other great ways to use this recipe, share it in the comments below!
Add Your Favorite Ingredients
When making the no-bake granola or turning it into granola bars, you can add a few of your favorite ingredients to make the recipe your own. Dried fruit, extra coconut, slivered almonds or even chocolate chips are all perfect additions to the granola.
Feel free to add a teaspoon of cinnamon, replace the agave with maple syrup or use whole wheat rolled oats! The possibilities are endless.
When adding or altering the recipe, keep in mind that small changes are ideal. You do not want to stray too far away from the original recipe or the granola may not turn out as expected.
If you start to play around with the mixture and find that it is too soft, add a few small scoops of rolled oats to the bowl until it is the right consistency. If the mixture is too dry, add a teaspoon of agave or peanut butter to soften it up. This recipe is pretty forgiving but try to follow the quantities as closely as possible!
How long does homemade granola last?
When kept in an airtight storage container, this no bake granola recipe will last for about a week at room temperature or two weeks when stored in the fridge. If you use the recipe to make granola bars, they will last about the same amount of time. When the granola starts to get old, it will not be as crunchy but instead the oats will be soggy and less flavorful.
Is granola healthy?
Absolutely! We discussed some of the health benefits of granola in the section above. But to give you a quick overview, granola is full of fiber, vitamins, protein and healthy fats. This recipe is made with all natural ingredients which means there are no added chemicals or preservatives that you may find in store bought granolas. It is the perfect food to enjoy as a breakfast, lunch, snack or as a dessert!
Can I make granola with steel cut oats?
Steel cut oats are completely different than rolled oats. Steel cut oats need to be cooked for quite a while before becoming soft and enjoyable. When making a granola recipe, stick to rolled oats for the best results.
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This gluten free granola is so good you’ll eat it every day!!
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup puff brown rice cereal
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/8 cup ground flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup agave nectar (or honey)
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Put all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add agave (or honey), peanut butter and vanilla into a smaller mixing bowl and warm it up for about 20 seconds in the microwave.
- Pour the honey mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until evenly combined. Enjoy by itself, as a bowl of cereal or with a fruit and yogurt parfait!
Here are a few more pointers that we have found work wonderfully! Share any tips that you find useful in the comments below too- we love to hear from you!
- Make a big batch of this granola and divide it into individual portions in zippered plastic bags. Place a yogurt and bag of granola in your meal prep lunch bag and you will have a perfect breakfast, lunch or snack ready for the week!
- If you choose to add chocolate chips, be sure to use dark chocolate chips as they have lots of health benefits without any added sugars. This granola is sweet enough! Semi sweet or dark chocolate chips can easily be found in the baking aisle and will help make this recipe even more of a treat.
- Adding nuts to this recipe really gives the granola a nice additional crunch in addition to adding even more nutritional value. I love slivered almonds due to the complimentary flavor and also the nice, small, perfectly sliced size.