A Chunky Granola Recipe

You’ll love this easy Chunky Granola recipe. Homemade granola is a nutritious and delicious treat that you can enjoy for breakfast or as a snack.

a bowl of chunky granola with a jar of granola in the background

Why you’ll love this recipe

Is it worth the trouble to make your own granola when there are 102109291028 brands on the supermarket shelves? Yes!

This granola is abundant with wholesome ingredients like oats, walnuts and sunflower seeds. It has just a hint of honey sweetness and it is light, crunchy and crisp.

That special texture is thanks to just the right amount of sugar, honey and oil in the recipe. An egg white binds the ingredients together without weighing everything down.


ingredients for granola in glass bowls.

Ingredient Notes

  • Rolled Oats – I prefer “old fashioned” rolled oats for their texture. Quick cooking oats will break down.
  • Flax Meal – Almond meal, wheat bran or wheat germ can be used in place of flax meal.
  • Honey – Maple, agave or any sweet syrup can be used in place of honey.
  • Walnut – Use any nut you choose in place of the walnuts.
  • Sunflower Seeds – Pumpkin seeds can be used instead.
  • Craisins – Any dried fruit can be used instead.
  • Spices – Use any mix of spices that you have on hand.
  • Oil – I use a basic vegetable oil but you can use the oil of your choice.

How to make Chunky Granola

See the recipe card for detailed measurements and instructions.

a bowl of granola ingredients and a measuring cup with egg whites
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Whisk the egg white until foamy and fold into the granola.
two side by side photos showing granola before and after baking
  • Use your hand to press the granola into a flat layer. This will help the granola bake up crisp and form large clumps.
  • Bake until golden brown and dried.
two photos showing how to break baked granola into large chunks and tossing in dried fruit
  • Break the cooled granola into large chunks.
  • Toss in the dried cranberries.


  • Store the granola in an air tight container at room temperature for a week to 10 days.
a tray of chunky granola with walnuts and cranberries
a bowl of yogurt topped with chunky homemade granola

You should also try Sourdough Granola, Peanut Butter Granola or these chewy Sunflower & Apricot Granola Bars for a tasty and satisfying snack or breakfast on the go.

Here are a few more hearty, oaty treats that you’ll love: Apple Baked Oatmeal, Oatmeal Cookies with Maple Glaze, Iced Apple Oatmeal Cookies, Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

a bowl of chunky granola
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Chunky Granola Recipe

Homemade Chunky Granola is a nutritious and delicious treat that you can enjoy for breakfast or as a snack. This recipe is abundant with healthy ingredients like walnuts, oats, protein-rich egg whites and has a hint of honey sweetness. This recipe makes about 12 cups of granola.
Prep Time20 minutes
Bake Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
24 servings
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  • 13 oz old-fashioned rolled oats (4 cups)
  • 4 oz walnuts (1 cup, coarsely chopped)
  • 2 oz flax seed meal (½ cup, or almond meal)
  • 1 oz sunflower seeds (¼ cup)
  • 2 oz brown sugar (¼ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 3 oz honey (¼ cup)
  • 3 oz vegetable oil (⅓ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 9 oz dried cranberries (1 ½ cups)


  • Preheat the oven to 300 °F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, combine 13 oz old-fashioned rolled oats, 4 oz walnuts, 2 oz flax seed meal, 1 oz sunflower seeds, 2 oz brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and ½ teaspoon table salt. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine3 oz honey, 3 oz vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Drizzle the liquid ingredients over the oat mixture and toss to combine.
  • Whisk 1 egg white until frothy then fold it into the granola. Toss the mixture to evenly distribute the wet ingredients and break up any clumps. Pour the granola into the prepared pan. Moisten your hands with water and use them to press the granola firmly into an even layer.
  • Bake until the granola is dry and nicely browned around the edges, about 30 minutes.
  • Set the pan on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Break the granola into large clumps and toss in the 9 oz dried cranberries. Keep in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.

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This is an endlessly adaptable recipe. Try swapping out the walnuts with pecans, almonds or peanuts. You can use any mix of dried fruit to replace the cranberries and any combination of spices that you prefer. You can use maple syrup in place of the honey.


Serving: 1bar | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Ich könnte Müsli morgen, mittags und abends essen und wenn es selbst gemacht ist ist es doppelt so gut lecker!
    Viele Grüße,

    1. It would change the recipe. The oil it here to work with the little bit of sugar and honey to glue everything together and make a crisp texture.