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Homemade Air Fryer Granola

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Made with 7 ingredients, our Air Fryer Granola recipe is easy to make and cooks in just 10 minutes. We love this versatile dish for breakfast, snacks and more (be sure to read to the end for more serving ideas). 

If you’ve ever bought granola at the grocery store, you probably noticed it’s EXPENSIVE! Especially if you are shopping for boutique brands, organic or low sugar versions. You’ll be saying “goodbye!” to grocery store granola after making this easy homemade version.

Overhead view of a jar of homemade air fryer granola.

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While this recipe is good on it’s own, feel free to change it up to suit your family’s preferences. Or change the flavorings. Or even reduce the sugar or make it gluten free if you want to. There are so many ways to make it your own, like this cinnamon pecan granola recipe. Or these healthy homemade chewy granola bars for snacking on the go.

And if that’s not enough to convince you, making granola in the air fryer couldn’t be any easier! It’s a lot faster than baking in the oven so you can make this breakfast or snack food any time you get a craving. It’s also easy to make multiple batches if you’re into meal prepping.

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Ingredients needed to make granola in the air fryer with labels.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Granola 

  • old fashioned rolled oats – for a gluten-free version, Bob’s Red Mill is a great option
  • coconut oil – if you buy the kind that is thick, it needs to be melted then cooled before using
  • maple syrup – go for the real deal (it makes a difference)
  • light brown sugar – you could also use coconut sugar or maple sugar
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • Kosher salt

How To Make Granola in the Air Fryer 

In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix them together. 

Next wrap the interior of your air fryer basket with aluminum foil. You want to make sure the bottom is covered and go about an inch up the sides of the basket. 

Two photo collage of all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and granola in the air fryer basket.

Pour in the granola mixture, making sure it’s in an even layer.

Air fry at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes. Periodically open the basket to stir it around to help break up any clumps. 

Once it has finished cooking, transfer the granola to a baking sheet and let it cool down for about 15 minutes before serving. If you are going to store it immediately, let it cool completely before storing in an airtight container. 

Air fried granola cooling on a baking tray.

Tips for Making Granola in Air Fryer

  • Keep a close eye on the granola while cooking – it can burn easily.
  • If the granola doesn’t crisp up, return to the air fryer and cook for a couple more minutes.
  • Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 7 days.

Can You Make Homemade Granola in the Oven? 

Yes! Combine all of the ingredients and instead of transferring it to the air fryer basket, pour it onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and smooth it into an even layer. 

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep large clumps from forming. Bake until it’s as crispy as you like.

Once it’s done cooking, move the parchment paper with the granola off of the pan and set it on the counter to cool. 

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More Granola Ingredient Variations

If you want to mix these toppings in, do so after the granola has cooled down.

  • Raisins 
  • Dried fruits – cranberries, apricots, cherries
  • Chopped nuts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Coconut flakes
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Ways to Serve Air Fried Granola 

  • With milk (like cereal) 
  • As a yogurt topping 
  • Mixed in with ice cream or froyo
  • In a trail mix 
  • By itself as a snack
  • In bars – add some peanut butter or chocolate chips before baking or air frying and this will help hold them together so you can slice them into bars.

How to Store Leftover Granola

Place cooled granola in an airtight container (I store mine in Mason jars). Store at room temperature. Granola will stay fresh for approximately 2-4 weeks.

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Overhead view of a jar of homemade air fryer granola.

Air Fryer Granola (Homemade)

You'll need just 7 simple ingredients to make our Air Fryer Granola recipe. It takes about 10 minutes to cook and is perfect for breakfast, snacking, and more.
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Lori @ I Heart Air Frying

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place oats, oil, syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Wrap the inside of the air fryer basket with foil – covering the base and about an inch up the side of the basket.
  • Add the oatmeal mixture to the foil-lined basket, spreading in an even layer.
  • Cook at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, stirring every four minutes to break up any clumps.
  • Remove granola from the basket and place on a baking sheet to cool/dry for 15 minutes.

Notes

  • Store homemade granola in an airtight container on the counter for about 2-4 weeks.
  • Optional mix-ins (add after the granola has cooked & cooled): raisins, dried cranberries, apricots or cherries, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, coconut flakes.
  • If granola doesn’t crisp up, return to the air fryer and cook for a couple more minutes.
  • Oven Directions: combine ingredients as directed. Transfer oat mixture to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes. Stir every 10 minutes to break up clumps. Remove from oven, transfer cooked granola to parchment paper and allow to cool on the counter top.
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Nutritional Estimate

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg

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