Air-fryer granola is the easiest way to make some homemade granola. Whether you want a nutty version or the chocolate granola, you can always make the air-fryer version for a quick and healthy batch. Make a fresh batch and enjoy it with milk, or add granola over your favorite oatmeal and enjoy! Presenting my air-fried granola recipe!
I always loved making baked granola. Recently, I wanted to make a small batch and tried it in my Vortex air-fryer. The air-fried version is super crispy and yummy!
Granola is a perfect snack that is jam-packed with nutrients and energy. Whether it is a quick breakfast or a healthy snack, granola tops the list. However, if you are looking for a super healthy and convenient way of making homemade granola, try the air-fryer version!
How do you keep homemade granola crispy?
Crispy granola is the best granola. So, if you want to ensure it stays crispy for longer, you have to keep in mind a few things. Firstly, using olive oil or coconut oil make the homemade granola a lot crispier. Once it is ready, allow it to cool down completely before storing it in a jar. If you store warm granola, it will retain moisture and may not be crispy as desired. Lastly, and most importantly, store it in an air-tight container.
Is homemade air-fryer granola good for you?
Absolutely! My homemade air-fryer granola is made of rolled oats, coconut sugar, and nuts. There is a common misconception that granolas are unhealthy. Well, it is quite right if you are considering store-bought granola. That's mainly because the store-bought granola is full of unnecessary sugar, fat, and calories. However, that’s not the case with homemade granola, especially, when you are making granola in an air fryer. And, you can use this granola to make granola bars at home. Modify the recipe as you would based on your lifestyle and limit the use of sugar and substitute it with a healthier choice like maple sugar or honey. Furthermore, by cooking it in the air fryer, the air-fryer version limits the use of oil and eliminates additional calories.
What is the healthiest granola to eat?
Granolas offer high nutrient content and are often known as energy boosters. However, store-bought granola or granola bars are high in sugar. Clearly, these don’t qualify as a healthy food choice. But, if you are making granolas at home, you can choose better-for-you ingredients that provide a high amount of nutrients. Furthermore, this way, you can also limit sugar. In other words, any granola bar that is made at home without added sugar or oil is categorized as healthy. Here are a few things you can add to your homemade granola to make it healthy:
- Rolled oats: One of the major components of any granola is the oats. They are high in fiber.
- Nuts: Almonds, pecans, hazelnut, cashews, and walnuts are rich in protein and dense in nutrients.
- Dried fruits: Raisins, dried cranberries, raspberries, etc., are good options.
- Seeds: You can use seed sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds for making air-fryer granola.
- Oil: Always use healthy oils like avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil in this recipe
- Sweetener: Instead of sugar, use honey, maple syrup, or agave. You can use sugar-free sweeteners as well.
How to make healthy air-fryer granola?
Making granola in an air fryer is super easy. Here are the few steps you have to follow:
Take the freshest ingredients: rolled oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruits.
Pre-heat your air-fryer. Do not skip this step.
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet really well until everything is well combined. You really don't want granola that's unevenly sweet.
Wait till you see that nice brown color!
Allow the granola to cool down before storing it in an air-tight container.
Ingredients of Air-Fryer Granola:
2 cup Rolled Oats, ½ cup Toasted Wheat Germ, ¼ cup Dried Cherries, ⅛ cup Dried Cranberries, ¼ cup Dried Blueberries, ⅛ cup Pepitas, ⅛ cup Sunflower Seeds, 1 tbsp. Flaxseed, ⅛ cup Chopped pecans, ⅛ cup Chopped Almonds, ⅛ cup Chopped Walnuts, ⅛ cup Chopped Hazelnuts, 2 tbsps. Agave Extract, ½ tsp. Vanilla extract, ¼ cup Maple Syrup or Agave nectar, 4 tbsps. Coconut Oil, ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon, ⅛ tsp. Ground Cloves (optional)
1. Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
2. Mix the agave with the oil and maple syrup in separate bowl.
3. Add the syrup mix to the dry ingredients and mix until all dry ingredients are coated evenly.
4. Meanwhile, preheat the air fryer to 350F. Even while using an oven, the temperature will remain the same.
5. Spray air fryer basket lightly and place this mixture in the air fryer. If you are using an air-fryer with racks, then line the rack with parchment paper. Add the mixture and spread it evenly. It’s better to work with a small batch at a time while air frying your granola.
6. Air Fry or Bake at 350F for 15 minutes and stir after every 5 minutes for even cooking. At the end of air frying/ baking, the granola will be golden brown.
7. Allow the air-fryer granola to cool at room temperature.
8. Store it up to three weeks in an airtight container.
9. Enjoy as a topping with your favorite yogurt or as you like.
- Instant Pot, Air Fryer
- 2 cup Rolled Oats
- ½ cup Toasted Wheat Germ, optional
- ¼ cup Dried Cherries
- ⅛ cup Dried Cranberries
- ¼ cup Dried Blueberries
- ⅛ cup Pepitas
- ⅛ cup Sunflower Seeds
- 1 tbsp. Flaxseed
- ⅛ cup Chopped pecans
- ⅛ cup Chopped Almonds
- ⅛ cup Chopped Walnuts
- ⅛ cup Chopped Hazelnuts.
- 2 tablespoon Agave Extract
- ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
- ¼ cup Maple Syrup or Agave nectar
- 4 tbsps. Coconut Oil
- ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp. Ground Cloves, optional
- Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix well.
- Mix the agave with the oil and maple syrup in a separate bowl.
- Add the liquid mix to the dry ingredients and mix it until all dry ingredients are coated evenly.
- Meanwhile, preheat the air fryer to 350F. If using an oven, the temperature remains the same.
- Spray the air fryer basket lightly and place this mixture in the air fryer. If you are using an air-fryer with racks, then line the rack with parchment paper. Add the mixture and spread evenly. It’s better to work with a small batch at a time while air frying your granola.
- Air Fry or bake at 350F for 15 minutes and stir after every 5 minutes for even cooking. At the end of air frying/ baking, the granola will be golden brown.
- Allow the air-fryer granola to cool at room temperature.
- Store it for up to three weeks in an airtight container.
- Enjoy air-fryer granola as a topping with your favorite yogurt or oatmeal.
- If you want to make this recipe oil-free, use a tablespoon of sunflower seeds butter mixed with the syrups.
- For sugar-free versions, use a stevia syrup or any sugar-free syrup of choice.
- This granola can also be used for making bars, energy balls, and other recipes that use granola.