Extra Chunky Granola

If there’s a blog dedicated to granola, don’t tell me about it because I’ll be compelled to try every recipe and will subsequently be buried in mounds and mounds of granola. Then again, maybe not. It’s one of those treats that’s so easy to wrap and share. Plus people react differently to a gift of granola than they do cookies because it’s perceived as nutritious. Or at least until one realize they can’t stop eating it until the bag is empty. But there’s a remedy for that, too. Just put a lot of nuts in the granola. The protein and fat offsets the sugar a little bit and in my opinion, makes the granola more satiating.

Chunky granola

This chunky granola is our family’s favorite granola It’s not loose, therefore it’s not perfect for sprinkling or pouring milk over, but it’s great for eating on the go because it’s in big chunks and slabs as demonstrated in this awful photo.

The secret ingredient in the chunky granola is the egg white, which helps bind the granola and lets you get away with using less oil and butter. I apologize for the fact it calls for 1 tablespoon of egg white. It’s kind of a pain to measure it out (not that you have to be precise), but I get the best results when I use around a tablespoon rather than the whole white. If you end up doubling the recipe (which I don’t recommend until you’ve at least made one batch), then you can use 1 full egg white.

Another fun thing you can do is swap out the 1/2 cup dried fruit with 1/2 cup of interesting dried fruit type trail mix. For instance, you can give it a tropical theme by using one with dried mangoes, papaya, etc. or go with an American theme by using dried cranberries and blueberries. Or you can just leave the fruit out completely, which is what I have to do thanks to FUZZ.

Updated:  I’ve changed the directions a bit over the years.  First, I lowered the heat.  Baking at 275 is less stressful because the granola won’t burn as quickly and you don’t have to stir as much.  Not stirring too much means more chunks.   Also, the coconut and pepitas are definitely optional.  I’ve made many a batch without those things.

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Extra Chunky Granola
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Chunky granola with lots of nuts
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon egg white, approximately (15 grams)
  • 2 cups oats, old fashioned type (230 grams)
  • 1/4 cup pepitas or sunflower seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes (optional)
  • 3/4 cup mixed nuts**
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit of your choice
  1. Preheat oven to 275 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and stir in oil, sugar, maple syrup, honey and salt. Cook for about a minute over low, stirring to dissolve brown sugar. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and set aside.
  3. Put the egg white in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Put oats into the bowl with the egg white, then stir with a mixing spoon to blend the white in with the oats. They'll still seem pretty dry at this point.
  5. Add the seeds and nuts to the mixture, then pour the liquid mixture into the bowl and stir until blended.
  6. Spread the mixture over the bottom of the lined baking sheet to make thin slab. It should be all squished together, as if you were making bars.
  7. Bake at 275F for 40 minutes. After about 20 minutes in, carefully scrape up edges with a spatula and flip the granola on the edge towards the center. With the back of a spatula gently mash it back into a slab and continue cooking.
  8. Remove from the oven after the full 40 minutes. It should be warm, slightly browned and still chewy, but will crisp as it cools. Let cool completely. Break into chunks and stir in the fruit.
I make my granola in small batches because I'm always trying new recipes. If you double this and bake it on two different oven racks, you might have to adjust the timing. One recommendation, should you decide to double, is to make it all at once, then bake one sheet at a time. That will also give you a chance to gauge the correct time since ovens are always different.
For the nuts, I sometimes use the lightly salted type from a canister for a sweet & salty granola.
I used to bake this at 300, but now I use 275 and bake for a little longer. The granola browns slower and doesn't require as much stirring which means you get more chunks in the end.
And one more tip -- to press the granola into a slab, you can dampen your hands with a little water. This keeps the granola from sticking to your hands and it also adds a tiny bit of moisture to the granola which helps it stay in chunks. You don't want to add too much water, though.


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  1. says

    Everytime you post a granola recipe, I remind myself that I should be making granola. I love it so much, and a chunkier, non sprinkling kind sounds perfect.
    I need to get on this, I see you’ve even left room for me to add peanut butter :).

  2. says

    I love granola but have a difficult time putting the brakes on the quantity I consume and my husband is even worse. The chunkier the better in my opinion because I prefer it dry. I’m glad you test and share all of these granola recipes! Thank you!!

  3. says

    Rebecca, thanks for the tip! I’ve been meaning to try a dried milk version as well. In fact, I think it might be fun to make a dried milk version and somehow incorporate a high protein cereal just to give the granola more staying power.

  4. Jan Harris says

    Why do you have to put the fruit in after it bakes, does it dry out too much?

  5. says

    Ooh, I want to know if there is a blog all about granola! Mine certainly has a LOT!
    I love clumpy granola. In fact, lately I’ve been just eating my granola out of my hand and would love it if it were clumpier.
    I’ll try this one for sure, and 2 cups of oats just aren’t enough here, I’ll double the recipe. 😉

  6. says

    It’s funny Adam should mention peanut butter, because I was just thinking the texture resembled those tasty Nature Valley Crunch Peanut Butter granola bars that were popular lunchtime snacks when I was a kid. I think they also used to make them in slab or crumble form in little pouches, too…

  7. says

    Ha. I have a post on granola queued up! I share your granola obsession. And tanks for giving me another recipe to try!

  8. says

    Jan, yes. I’ve learned to put the fruit in at the end, otherwise it dries out. But lately I’ve been leaving it out completely because Fuzz doesn’t like dried fruit.

  9. says

    The egg white addition sounds like a great idea for this recipe. Since we don’t keep eggs around the house very often, I might try the flax substitute since with hot water it develops that same property as egg whites. The giant clumps looks perfect.

  10. says

    I love clumpy granola. I recently bought “Just the Clusters” Vanilla Almond cereal at Trader Joe’s and it is basically, clumpy granola (and very addicting). It would be better to make it ourselves though. I’ve never tried egg white with granola. What a great idea! I usually have Quick Whites in the fridge. I find that it is thinner than a regular egg white though. Do you think it would work in this recipe???

  11. says

    Hi Melissa,

    I’ve never used Quick Whites, but my guess is that they would work. Let me know if you try it.

  12. says

    I made this granola today, added a little wheat germ and flax meal. It’s great. It’s similar to the one I usually make, except the egg white. I like that it adds protein.

  13. says

    Hi Anna,

    I tried it! I halved the recipe, but used the same amount of liquid egg white (1 tablespoon). I think next time I would have to use more. The granola came out wonderful, but it didn’t clump together in big clusters. So maybe I should try it again with regular egg white!

  14. says

    Thanks Jazmin! I like it too. Another one I’m really into at the moment is Andy’s Fairfield Granola from Nigella Lawson’s website. It’s pretty chunky, plus it has some added spices to it. If you’re in the mood for something with applesauce, ginger and cinnamon, check it out.

  15. Jennifer says

    I made this last night and am eating it at work with my co-workers. It’s a hit. I followed the recipe as written, other than using more sunflower seeds. I bought one of those hanging bags by the checkout at the grocery store and would guess it was about 3/4 of a cup. Also, those were roasted and salted, so not as healthy, but still tasted good within the mixture.

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