Ahearty bowl of yogurt, fresh fruit, and crunchy granola is the ultimate breakfast. And even though there are some fantastic store-bought options out there, learning how to make your own granola allows for a customizable—and nutritious—treat that’s sure to delight.

“Granola can absolutely be a healthful option and there are varieties that can fit within most eating plans,” says Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., C.D.N., a New York City-based classically-trained chef, registered dietitian nutritionist, and cookbook author. “Many traditional granolas are based on whole grain oats and offer nutrient-rich plant-based add-ins, like chia seeds, sunflower seeds, millet, or almonds. Grain-free granolas are becoming more prevalent, too—and they mainly tend to feature seeds or nuts.”

Here’s everything you need to know about homemade granola, and how to make your own in five easy steps.

How to make granola from scratch
While there are some pre-made brands that make enjoying granola a healthy and convenient option, creating your own offers many health, flavor, and financial benefits. You can customize the granola to your specific needs, cut out any allergens, and tailor flavors to your tastebuds, Newgent says.

Plus, once you stock up on all the bulk ingredients to make granola (shop the bulk bin aisle of your supermarket or a big-box retailer for the best deals) you’ll invest in delicious, healthy ingredients you can enjoy in other recipes.

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