It’s so fun and easy to make homemade air fryer granola!
This recipe has the granola basics like oats, nuts, and coconut cooked with a little honey for an all-natural, wholesome, and healthy snack that will power up the day! Plus there are so many possibilities for creating a signature blend by mixing and matching the ingredients!
Amazing Air Fryer Granola!
- The air fryer makes granola with minimal prep work! Traditional granola can take up to an hour to bake in the oven, but with the air fryer, it’s just mixed up, spread in the air fryer, and cooked until it’s golden brown and crispy!
- This recipe for homemade granola lets you control the ingredients and create your own nutritious and delicious granola recipe. Granola is a popular breakfast and snack food, but many store-bought brands are loaded with sugar and preservatives.
- If you are experimenting with different granola ingredients, the air fryer is perfect for making small batches until you find your favorite blend, or to customize batches for different uses as a snack, a topping for yogurt, a smoothie bowl, or chia seed pudding.
Ingredients and Variations
Oatmeal – Rolled oats are preferred over old-fashioned or quick oats for homemade granola because they are more nutritious, the nutty flavor is more pronounced, and they have a firmer texture that keeps the oats crispier once they’re cooked in the air fryer. Use gluten-free oats to keep this granola gluten-free.
Nuts – Walnuts and oatmeal go hand in hand, but any nut will work! Pecans, almonds, pistachios, and even sunflower seeds or pepitas are all good options! Or swirl in some nut butter like peanut butter or almond butter.
Oil – Coconut oil is a healthier fat than vegetable oil and provides a nutty flavor. Canola oil, avocado oil, or olive oil can be used instead. Avoid using butter since it won’t have the shelf life that oils do.
Add-Ins – Unsweetened coconut flakes are naturally sweet and chewy. Swap coconut out for chopped dried fruit like cherries, raisins, cranberries, mangoes, or blueberries after the granola is baked if desired. Sprinkle on chocolate chips on freshly baked granola for a little treat! You can add a tablespoon of chia seeds, amaranth, or even quinoa for more texture if desired.
Make a keto granola by omitting the oatmeal and doubling up on nuts and seeds like almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds and using sugar-free maple syrup or monk fruit syrup.
How to Make Air Fryer Granola
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Spread the mixture in a parchment paper-lined air fryer in an even layer and cook until the nuts are toasted and the oats are golden brown, shaking the basket as needed.
- Allow the mixture to cool and break granola mixture into small pieces for crunchy clusters or keep pieces larger for granola bars.
How to Store Air Fryer Granola
Keep air fryer granola in a glass jar or another airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 weeks. Place a slice of bread in the container to absorb any excess moisture due to temperature changes.
Air Fryer Granola
- 2 ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts *see notes roughly chopped
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Mix oats, nuts, coconut, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
- Stir in honey, oil and vanilla until the oat mixture is well coated.
- Line your air fryer basket with parchment or use a heat-safe pan that will fit in your air fryer. Add the granola and spread it out to the edges.
- Air fry at 325°F for 9-13 minutes. Check the granola often and stir to ensure the mixture cooks evenly. It is done when the nuts are toasted and the oats are golden throughout.
- Allow to sit in the pan to cool. Break up the granola and store in an air-tight container.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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