Easy Chunky Granola

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Looking for a homemade granola that’s actually chunky? You’ll love my Easy Chunky Granola Recipe! It’s a delightful mix of rolled oats, coconut flakes, and nuts, bound together with whipped egg white for that perfect chunky texture!

Big chunks of cooled granola on tray.

Chunky Granola Recipe

This homemade chunky granola is as chunky as it gets, thanks to a secret ingredient: whipped egg white.

This simple addition transforms your granola, creating those delightful, big clusters we all love.

With just 10 ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry, you’re all set to whip up a batch of this nutritious and delicious chunky granola.

Whether you enjoy it as a cereal with milk, topped with fresh blueberries and sultanas, or just as a snack right out of the jar, it’s guaranteed to be scrumptious.

What ingredient creates those chunky clumps in granola?

The key to achieving chunky clumps in granola is using binding agents like honey, maple syrup, or, as in this recipe, whipped egg white. These help the granola stick together while baking, forming the coveted chunky clusters.

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

A full and detailed recipe card with all the ingredients to make this lemon slice is at the bottom of this post.

  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: Use certified gluten-free oats for a gluten-free version.
  • Coconut Flakes: Omit if not a fan of coconut or replace with more oats or nuts.
  • Cashews and Pecans: Feel free to substitute with almonds, walnuts, or any nuts of your choice.
  • Chia Seeds: Flaxseeds can be a good alternative.
  • Maple Syrup: Honey or agave syrup can be used as alternatives.
  • Egg White: The secret to chunky clusters. For a vegan option, use a flax egg.

How To Make Chunky Granola

Preheat Oven: Set to 356ºF (180ºC). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix oats, coconut flakes, cashews, pecans, chia seeds, and cinnamon.

Add Wet Ingredients: Blend in maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.

Whip Egg White: In a separate bowl, beat the egg white until frothy, then fold into the granola mix.

Spread Granola: Spread the mixture evenly on the lined baking sheet.

Bake: Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Avoid stirring to keep granola chunky.

Cool: Let the granola cool on the tray, do not disturb it as it cools, this is what makes it chunky. 

Serve or Store: Enjoy with milk, yogurt, and fruits, or store for later use.

Whipping egg whites and mixing it into granola mixture in mixing bowl.

Expert Tips

  • Even Baking: Spread the granola in a thin, even layer on the baking sheet for uniform toasting.
  • Watch the Oven: Keep an eye on the granola, especially towards the end of baking, as it can go from perfectly toasted to burnt quickly.
  • For Chunky Granola: Avoid stirring during and after baking to maintain chunks.
  • Cool Completely: Let the granola cool completely on the baking sheet to crisp up before storing.
Easy chunky granola in cereal bowl with milk being poured in from jug.

How do I know when the granola is perfectly baked?

The chunky granola should be golden brown and feel dry to the touch. It will crisp up further as it cools.

Why isn’t my granola chunky?

Avoid mixing the granola as stirring it too much while baking or before it cools completely can break up the clusters.

Super chunky granola in bowl with milk and blueberries.

Storage Instructions

Store: Keep in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the pantry at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

If you enjoy this recipe, please consider leaving a ⭐️ star rating and a comment review below. I love to hear what you think and it’s much appreciated. Thank you! Your email address will not be published. Sam x

Big chunks of cooled granola on tray.

Easy Chunky Granola

Samantha Pickthall
This Easy Chunky Granola Recipe is a delightful mix of rolled oats, coconut flakes, and nuts, bound together with whipped egg white for that perfect chunky texture!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 serves
Calories 451 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white

Instructions
 

  • Preheat Oven: Set to 356ºF (180ºC). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, mix oats, coconut flakes, cashews, pecans, chia seeds, and cinnamon.
  • Add Wet Ingredients: Blend in maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Whip Egg White: In a separate bowl, beat the egg white until frothy, then fold into the granola mix.
  • Spread Granola: Spread the mixture evenly on the lined baking sheet.
  • Bake: Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Avoid stirring to keep granola chunky.
  • Cool: Let the granola cool on the tray, do not disturb it as it cools, this is what makes it chunky.
  • Serve or Store: Enjoy with milk, yogurt, and fruits, or store for later use.

Notes

  • Store: Keep in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the pantry at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 451kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 8gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 18mgPotassium: 339mgFiber: 7gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Granola
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2 Comments

  1. My mom is diabetic and takes insulin. I was wondering g if you have the carb amount on hand? If not I can took it up for each ingredient. Thank you and have a great day!!
    BTW I did make this and added unflavored protien powder to mine. It was delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. Hi Christie, thanks for reaching out! Apologies for the delay. I’ve just updated the recipe card for this recipe to show the nutritional values as a rough guide. Here is the link: https://wholesomepatisserie.com/chunky-granola-with-pecans-cashews-and-cinnamon/#recipe

      You’ll see the carbohydrate amount is approximately: 260g. Please keep in mind this is only a rough guide and not based on expert nutritional advice. I also recommend you calculate it yourself to gain a more precise amount for your individual requirements.

      You’re most welcome! I so glad you enjoyed made and enjoyed this recipe. The addition of the unflavoured protein powder sounds perfect! A great way to include extra protein! Have a wonderful day, Sam x

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