How to Make Your Own Granola Clusters

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Granola Clusters in White Ramekins
How to Make Your Own Granola Clusters

Granola clusters are a nutritious, energy packed snack that is great alone or on top of vanilla ice cream or your morning yogurt. While I enjoy it as a snack, trying to get my kids to eat it isn’t always an easy task which is unfortunate because it comes loaded with fiber.

Unfortunately, many of the better tasting pre-packaged varieties of granola are loaded down with sugar and other ingredients that I normally don’t want my kids to over eat. To avoid these additional sugars, I tend to buy the plainer varieties which don’t always appease a child’s palate. While several companies do offer more nutritious granola, I recently decided to save a couple of bucks and try my hand at making my own granola clusters – ones that me and my kids would enjoy.

Close up of Granola Clusters in White Ramekins

Not only are my granola clusters cheaper, a small store bought bag can easily reach $5 to $6, but my kids enjoy them much more too. So if you want to create a fun, crunchy snack for yourself and your kids, give the recipe a try.

Happy baking!



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How to Make Your Own Granola Clusters

How to Make Your Own Granola Clusters! It's cheaper, healthier and has way less sugar than store bought granola! 

5 from 17 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 3 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • ¼ cup of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In one large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, kosher salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Once combined, add the fruit and nut combination which most appeals to you and your kids' taste.
  3. In a second smaller bowl, combine the honey, canola oil, and vanilla. Once thoroughly mixed, pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture. Then using your hands, mix the ingredients forming clusters of your desired size.
  4. Plop the clusters over the lined cookie sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the clusters are light golden in color.
  5. Be sure to keep an eye on the clusters throughout their time in the oven as those that become a deeper golden will have a burnt flavor.
  6. Once light golden color is reached, allow the clusters to cool completely.
  7. Once cool, feel free to enjoy, but make sure to store all leftovers in an airtight container as they can go stale quickly if not properly stored.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. foodiefarz says

    What could I substitute the canola oil for?

  2. Cherie says

    Was nothing like pictured. Read the comments and added a lot more honey but it still turned out nothing like pictured, though I did manage to get the oats to somewhat stick together.

  3. Ximena says

    This recipe is a whole nother level. I can’t begin to explain how amazing this recipe is. I will put it in 3 words: Easy and Scrumptious. It literally took me 15 minutes since it was my first time doing it and didn’t want to mess up but if I would do it a second time I would do it like in 5 minutes; it’s that easy. The taste, just wow it is so perfect. I wanted granola but because of the whole pandemic, I couldn’t find one that I would like since I like to take the sweetness of the granola and mix it up with just natural yogurt and the flavors compliment each other so freaking well. Decided to look a recipe up and this did it for me, by far the best. ** Little Disclaimer: the recipe calls for 1/3 cup of honey and I ended up using around 3/4 cup. I read the comments beforehand so I got my whole bottle of natural honey ready to be used but yeah just keep in mind you will use a whole lot of honey. Other than that, I would marry this granola in a blink of an eye.

  4. Valeria D'Annibale says

    Made this and came out perfect! I tried many times before but they never came out like clusters, this recipe does! I didn’t even form the clusters with my hands, I just spread the mix on the tray and baked it as a whole, then broke with my hands afterwards. Deeeeelicious!5 stars

  5. tannachtonfarm says

    Excellent! and exactly what i was looking for. I linked to this page through my blog. My family loves this mix to the point they no long want to buy the commercial cereal.

    Thank you!
    tauna5 stars

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  7. abri12 says

    is this recipe good possibly for making it to cereal ? Because i have milk sitting in the fridge waiting to be used for something valuable

    • Tyler says

      I couldn’t get it to cluster…. Taste was good, but it’s just loose oats now…. How can they stay together sand find out like the picture? More brown sugar or honey to make them stick? Please help.

      • Mary Claire says

        What you need is more honey. You probably have figured that out by reading the comments, but if not, yeah, you may need to add more honey. Hahaha this was written 7 months ago, but I hope it still heps.

  8. abri12 says

    is this recipe good possibly for making cereal? because i have milk in the fridge waiting to get a bite at the granola  

  9. Geena says

    Tried this… absolutely delicious however I was not able to get the clusters stuck together. Once I added a tad more honey, it helped but nowhere near how it is in the picture or the pre-packaged stuff. Any tips on how to make the clusters?

    • Tiffany says

      @Geena so what I did was had a little bowl of water next to me and when i picked up a cluster i dipped it quickly in water (dont soak it just a quick dip) which helped it hold together. then i put it in oven and once cooked took it out, let it cool and once it cooled it was stuck together!

  10. Lynne says

    just made this – came out great. Delicious! I’ll have to make more tomorrow. 🙂

  11. Kendra McKibbin says

    Love this! This is my go to granola recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  12. A Canadian Foodie says

    Everything homemade is SOOOOOOO much better. Bet the kiddies love to help with this!

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