9 Amazing Granola Recipes You’ll Actually Look Forward to in the Morning

We get up in the morning for two reasons: coffee and breakfast. Between your rotation of adorable mugs and iced coffee gadgets, we’ll bet you already have the first down pat. But breakfast? That’s another story. Look, we don’t blame you for grabbing protein bars and pop tarts when you’re halfway out the door. The thought of making a respectable meal before noon is enough to bring anyone to tears. Still, you deserve better — and this is where granola comes in.

You know granola as the darling of health-food aisles. It’s got whole grains! Fiber! Healthy fats! But most importantly, granola is just a little bit sweet and a whole lot delicious — and it’s way too easy not to make at home. We’ll start you off with a classic, good-for-the-soul recipe: you’ll make it the night before, and it’ll be your morning superhero, all week long. Then, once you’ve mastered the basics, we want you to go wild. Throw in quinoa, chocolate, and almonds — there’s no topping too daring for this cereal. How’s that for the breakfast of champions?

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Coconut Butter

Coconut oil and butter are the dynamic duo behind How Sweet Eats’ granola. A drizzle of vanilla extract takes this breakfast to the next level.

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Pistachio & Goji Berry

Superfoods, unite! With a hearty helping of nuts and goji berries, you can take on the world. Or, at the very least, 8am rush hour. Thanks, Love and Lemons!

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Gingerbread

Gingerbread cookies are not an acceptable breakfast — but this granola is the next best thing. Cookie and Kate breaks it down.

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Brown Butter & Pumpkin Seed

It feels so good to be bad — especially when that means brown butter. Half Baked Harvest adds pumpkin seeds and espresso for the perfect start to your morning.

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Sprouted Granola

Granola’s not just oats anymore. Green Kitchen Stories uses sprouted buckwheat and quinoa.

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Crunchy Quinoa & Dark Chocolate

No time to sprout your quinoa? How Sweet Eats whips up a batch of granola with cooked grains — and a healthy dose of chocolate chips, for good measure.

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Honey Almond Quinoa

Don’t feel like cooking your quinoa? A Pastry Affair tosses hers in raw, along with almonds and a half cup of honey. Weekday morning, come at us. We’re ready.

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Four Grain

Don’t stop at quinoa. A Cozy Kitchen uses a whopping four different grains in her strawberry banana granola.

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Bircher Muesli

Okay, we lied. This is definitely not granola. Think of muesli instead as its unbaked, lesser-known cousin, the kind you make when you don’t feel like turning the oven on. Our friends at Tucker soak theirs overnight in almond milk.

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