Definition of granola in English:



North American
  • 1A kind of breakfast cereal consisting typically of rolled oats, brown sugar or honey, dried fruit, and nuts.

    • ‘‘I wanted everyone to know that organic foods didn't have to mean bruised fruit, wilted veggies and granola,’ she says.’
    • ‘From the bakery there's wonderful wholemeal, seeded, sunflower and honey and white loaves, home-made muesli and granola.’
    • ‘For breakfast, I'll eat hemp seed granola with soy milk and fresh fruit.’
    • ‘In a parfait dish or glass, layer fruit, yogurt and granola.’
    • ‘That is, when she has granola, banana and juice in the morning, as well as a sandwich and yogurt for lunch, she stops devouring brownies after dinner.’
    • ‘We showed them how to make parfaits with yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola,’ she said.’
    • ‘On Thursday it was raining and we couldn't work outside, so Mike (one of the farm partners) and I decided to make some cookies and granola.’
    • ‘If you like, you can adjust the recipe to suit your preferences: For sweeter granola, stir in more brown sugar or chopped fruit at the end.’
    • ‘Take a leak out the hut door, pick up the pot of milk I mixed from powder the night before, gulp down three bowls of granola.’
    • ‘They still serve breakfast, of course, but it typically consists of fresh fruit, baked goods from local suppliers, and the old standby of granola or cereal.’
    • ‘Seriously folks, I like to eat fruit salad, creme and granola for breakfast in the summer.’
    • ‘But plain baked pistachios are great on their own as a snack food which doubles up as the ultimate luxury addition to crunchy granola or muesli.’
    • ‘Most cereals are low in fat, but some, like granola, contain as much as 14 grams of fat per 1/2-cup serving.’
    • ‘Our days started with 7 a.m. yoga, followed by herbal tea, fruit, and granola.’
    • ‘There are also breakfast standards such as fresh-squeezed juice, granola, and scones (try the ginger-lemon).’
    • ‘The ingredient list can vary dramatically from one granola to another, so you need to read labels carefully before assuming that any brand will serve the same function as oatmeal and still be bodybuilding friendly.’
    • ‘Maybe it's the homemade granola that draws them in.’
    • ‘How about almonds and dried fruit, yogurt with granola, apple with low fat cheese, vegetable soup with rye crackers, graham crackers with peanut butter?’
    • ‘She then placed her yogurt, fruit, and granola in her own crumpled - excuse me, recycled bag - and handed the offending new bag back to the clerk.’
    • ‘I ate a light breakfast of yogurt and granola with green tea and that seemed to keep my stomach calm.’
    1. 1.1derogatory as modifier Denoting those with liberal or environmentalist political views, typified as eating health foods.
      • ‘In the American media mind, we've made anti-globalization out to be a granola sort of thing, thanks to the Seattle protests.’
      • ‘I'm not a granola hippie or anything, I'm a business person.’
      • ‘It's easy to forget that granola society commands the numbers it does until you venture out to a concert hall or field for a general meeting.’
      • ‘The actress plays a sympathetic chimp, the movie's granola type, a human rights activist who insists humans and apes can live together peacefully.’
      • ‘A high granola quotient, certainly, but I was surprised by how much I liked her.’
      • ‘If you're a tree-hugging granola fetishist, go Green.’
      • ‘The small-winery owner looks as if he belongs on the granola side of the argument.’
      • ‘Instead, Fox has scheduled plain and simple reality programming that will appeal to the regular granola type dudes.’
      • ‘Its content presents more than a one-sided granola outlook on conservation - it appeals to those who really don't want to take up a vegan lifestyle or quit their job at the logging company.’


Late 19th century (as a trademark): from gran- (representing granular or grain) + -ola (suffix chiefly in US usage). The current term dates from the 1970s.