Sourdough Granola

Published: March 30, 2023 • Last Updated: August 30, 2023
Author: Laura
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Introducing Sourdough Granola, a delicious and nutritious treat that is sure to delight! This recipe is crafted with freshly baked sourdough starter and wholesome ingredients. Feel free to use active or discard sourdough starter.

It’s packed with flavor and sure to satisfy. Enjoy it as breakfast or snack, as an accompaniment to yogurt or ice cream, or sprinkled over your favorite salad for an extra crunchy kick. With its perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors, sourdough granola is an excellent choice for any occasion.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • With wet and dry wholesome ingredients, sourdough granola is a delicious and nutritious treat that packs a flavorful punch.
  • It is different than any other recipe out there because it incorporates sourdough starter! Sourdough starter using the power of fermentation to neutralize the phytic acid in the oats and to increase the beneficial enzymes.
  • Enjoy it as breakfast or snack, as an accompaniment to yogurt or ice cream, or sprinkled over your favorite salad for an extra crunchy kick.
  • It has the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors. It is the perfect choice for any occasion thanks to its perfect balance of sweet and savory tastes.

Ingredients Needed


Organic Oats – Hearty and wholesome organic oats add a burst of nutrition with every bite.

Nuts and/or Seeds (Pecans, Walnuts, Hemp Hearts, Pumpkin Seeds) – Packed with protein and healthy fats, these nuts and seeds add crunch and flavor to your recipe or snack.

Cinnamon – Aromatic and sweet, cinnamon adds an extra dimension of flavor to recipes or snacks. Cinnamon is excellent for stabilizing blood sugar and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body.

Salt – Just the right amount of salt brings out the sweetness in recipes without overpowering them. Here’s the salt I use (use code Laura15 for a discount!). It contains 60+ trace minerals!

Unsweetened Coconut – Rich in fiber and minerals, unsweetened coconut gives your recipes a subtle hint of sweetness without all the added sugar.


Sourdough Starter – Get your sourdough off to a great start with a live, active sourdough starter.

Avocado or Coconut Oil – Healthy fats that provide essential nutrition and a silky texture to your recipes. Avocado is high in oleic acid, monounsaturated fat and vitamins A, E & D.

Pure Maple Syrup or Honey – Sweeten your recipes naturally with maple syrup or honey. Honey contains antioxidants, including phenolic acids and flavonoids. Maple syrup contains small amounts of minerals like zinc and magnesium.

Vanilla – Aromatic and subtly sweet, vanilla adds depth of flavor to your recipes.

Optional: Add a scoop of protein powder for added protein plus to make it more blood sugar friendly. You can find my favorite protein powders HERE and use code LAURT10 for a discount!

How to Store

Sourdough granola is able to be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. To maximize freshness, place the container in a cool and dry area away from heat and direct sunlight.


Should granola be refrigerated?

Yes, sourdough granola can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months. If not refrigerating it, maximize freshness, place the container in a cool and dry area away from heat and direct sunlight.

Why add sourdough to granola?

Oats are a great nutritious whole grain but can be made even more nutritious by soaking in sourdough starter. This helps neutralize the phytic acid in the oats. Oats are very high in phytic acid. Phytic acid can bind to minerals and keep them from being absorbed by the body. Sourdough starter to the rescue!

Is granola healthy?

Well, that is a loaded question! Granola can vary in its nutritional content. Some of the healthiest options are those that are made with natural ingredients such as oats, nuts, dried fruit, honey, and dark chocolate. It can also be incredibly high in added sugar. Making your own sourdough granola is the best way there is!

List of What You Can Add to Granola

  1. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and pecans
  2. Seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  3. Shredded coconut
  4. Dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries
  5. Chocolate chips or chunks
  6. Chia seeds
  7. Flaxseed meal
  8. Rolled oats or oat bran
  9. Nut butters like almond butter or peanut butter
  10. Honey or maple syrup

Sourdough Granola Variations

  1. Granola with banana and blueberry
  2. With apples, walnuts, and cinnamon
  3. With strawberries and white chocolate chips
  4. Sourdough granola with almonds, pistachios, and dark chocolate chunks
  5. Sourdough-cranberry granola bars
  6. Sourdough-almond-date granola bars
  7. Fruit sweetened sourdough granola
  8. Rainbow sourdough trail mix granola
  9. Coconut almond sourdough clusters
  10. Maple walnut sourdough clusters

Extra Tips for Making Granola

  • Sourdough starter is an ingredient that can be added to granola recipes to add a unique flavor and texture. The sourdough adds a slightly tangy and light flavor, while also adding additional texture and complexity to the granola. It can help bind the ingredients together and helps prevent crumbling.
  • Adding sourdough starter to your granola is a great way to get creative in the kitchen and make something delicious that stands out from traditional recipes!
  • You can customize your own recipe by adding any combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, spices, or sweeteners of your choice. As long as you use an appropriate amount of sourdough starter, your granola should come out perfectly golden-browned and crunchy every time.
  • You can also try different variations on classic granola such as adding nut butter or making bars instead of clusters.
  • Yummy additions like chocolate chips or white chocolate chunks make great additions too! For extra decadence, serve your warm granola with a dollop of yogurt or ice cream, yum!

More Sourdough Recipes

This recipe are easy-to-make crowd pleasers that hit all the right flavors —tangy sweetness combined with crunchy nuts and seeds makes for an irresistible snack or breakfast treat! So let yourself get creative with this fun spin on traditional granola recipes today.

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Sourdough Granola

You've heard of sourdough bread, but have you ever heard of sourdough granola? Made from organic oats. nuts, seeds, and more!


  • 2 cups organic oats
  • 1 cup nuts and/or seeds pecans, walnuts, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sourdough starter (active or discard)
  • 1/3 cup avocado or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • 1/2 cup dried fruit added after baking


  • In a medium sized bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and mix.
  • In a small bowl or in a glass measuring cup, add the wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  • Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir together to coat it well.
  • Spread granola on a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees F for 45 minutes. Halfway through, stir the granola. The granola should just start to toast.
  • Start checking the granola at 35 minutes for doneness. If not done at 35 minutes, bake for an additional 5 minutes at a time, stirring frequently. Granola burns easily. Make sure the largest pieces are baked through. Let cool.
  • Stir in dried fruit, if using. Store in an airtight glass container.


To reduce phytic acid (this makes the nutrients more available to the body), let the wet granola mixture sit on the counter at room temperature for 6-8 hours before baking. The unbaked granola mixture can also be refrigerated for up to three days and baked at your convenience.

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  1. In the notes it says to leave the wet granola mixture on the counter for 6-8 hours. So this would be after all the ingredients are mixed together?

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  2. 5 stars
    Thx for this recipe! This granola is SO yummy! I have it over sweetened kiefer with berries. I also add dried cranberries and a few chocolate chips. Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    I make this granola ALL THE TIME because our family LOVES it and so does EVERYONE we share it with. 5 star recipe for sure!!

  4. I don’t normally eat granola but I LOVE this recipe. I use it to top my yogurt. My spouse just eats it with mail like a bowl of cereal 😂

  5. 5 stars
    I ordered the sourdough starter a couple of months ago and it is thriving. I have since tried a few of the recipes and the granola is one of the easiest and best to have around!

  6. 5 stars
    This is the best granola! I love the simple nourishing ingredients. It has the perfect amount of crunch. I like to keep it in my car for a healthy on the go snack.

  7. 5 stars
    This granola is a real hit at our home. Make triple or quadruple batches. Love how versatile it is! Thank you so much for this great recipe!

  8. I LOVE this granola! I have made it a couple of times now, and the 2nd time I doubled it! Honestly, most of the time I just eat it by the handful as a snack, because it is just so yummy!

  9. 5 stars
    Always double batch this!!! We always have this granola on hand. In yogurt, smoothies, or as breakfast with milk for my little kids. It is so much better than store bought. Easy, simple ingredients and SO good!

  10. 5 stars
    Our family absolutely loves this granola recipe! Granola is granola most of the time, but the starter added to this recipe takes it to another level! This is the only recipe we use now. Very very tasty!

  11. 5 stars
    Made this granola for the first time last week and my only regret is that I wish I made it sooner! It is so delicious! I love that it is not very sweet and so customizable and healthy for you. Thanks for sharing!

  12. 5 stars
    This is THE BEST granola. My husband always says it’s the best he has ever had. We are never without this in our house, we make it all the time. You will not be sorry if you give it a try!

  13. 5 stars
    I really like this recipe! I’ve made it several times! Next time I might get crazy and add chocolate chips and peanuts!

  14. So delicious! I LOVE this recipe and so do my kids. We love to put in on yogurt or just snack on it alone. I love to share this recipe with others who want to use their starter more.

  15. 5 stars
    This is such a great granola – my kids didn’t even know there was sourdough in it! So easy to add different things in, my favorite is just pumpkin seeds. Thanks for another great recipe!

  16. 5 stars
    I absolutely love this recipe! My new favorite! I eat it with plain Greek yogurt and açaí bowls mostly, but sometimes I just snack on it. Love it!

  17. 5 stars
    I just recently tried this granola and thought it was amazing!! It is so versatile and easy to make!! I’ll definitely be trying this again in the near future!!

  18. Hands down the best granola recipe and I’ve tried many!!! So versatile and a great way to use your starter. I always have a big jar on my counter.

  19. 5 stars
    Great recipe! First time I’ve deviated from our family granola recipe, but it’s wonderful. Will be making for teacher gifts this year.

  20. 5 stars
    I made this and it was so good! couldn’t stop eating it😋 perfect thing to make extra of and have on hand for a quick breakfast or snack.

  21. Stop what you are doing and make this granola!! So easy and tasty. You can change up the ingredients with what you have on hand. This is a weekly staple in our home, we love it!! Hands down ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  22. 5 stars
    this was soooo super yummy and crunchy. I was even more surprised because I used a week old unfed starter and it still turned out so yummy. I am excited to try the longer fermented version and curious to see if it still is as crunchy.

  23. 5 stars
    I make this granola regularly and it is delicious! I use cinnamon and JI vanilla protein powder with a long ferment. I love to eat it with plain Greek yogurt or Greek yogurt mixed with JI strawberry protein powder. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  24. 5 stars
    So easy and flavorful! It ends up being so cheap and lasts us forever. I also love how easy it is to modify. Delicious on homemade yogurt.

  25. 5 stars
    I’ve got this one on repeat! It’s so easy to make and versatile, you can just add whatever you have. I’ve even given it as a gift.

  26. I love this recipe! I usually eat it as a yogurt topping but it would be good in a bowl with milk like cereal.
    Very adaptable, customize the nuts to your favorites. I omit the coconut for my picky person.

    I know by experience it can sit in the fridge a few days before baking too!

    We only make this recipe now.
    Thank you for everything you share with all of us 😍