Delectable Homemade Granola

There are A LOT of recipes for granola on the Internet.  Lucky for you, I've done all the research and tinkering and have come up with a delicious recipe.  I like the oat-to-nut ratio here and the amount of sweetness.  I used to eat Trader Joe's Granola and The Three Berries, because it was a reasonably priced granola.  But you know what?  It doesn't have any nuts --  just oats, dried berries and cane sugar.  I also prefer natural sweeteners to processed sugar -- one of the reasons I make my own granola.  Store-bought granola with lots of nuts and no sugar is hard to find and expensive.

Easy Homemade Granola

2 cups rolled oats (NOT quick oats)
1/2 cup almonds (I like sliced)
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1/8 cup sesame seeds
1/8 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.  Measure and combine oil, honey and maple syrup using a 1-cup measuring cup.  Heat the wet ingredients for 1 minute in microwave.  Pour over dry ingredients and stir until well-combined.  On a well-oiled jelly roll pan (about 10" x 18") -- I use a spray -- pour out the mixture and spread evenly.  Bake at 325 for 20 minutes, stirring every 5-7 minutes.  Let cool a little, then pour into an airtight container.  Good for 1-2 weeks, in my experience.  I freeze most of mine for much longer and only take out what we'll need for the next several days.  Makes about 3.5 cups of granola.  You can add dried fruit -- I don't.

A few notes:

  • You can probably buy granola cheaper than you can make this one -- but you won't find one with as many nuts (and protein) for cheaper.
  • Buy nut pieces.  They are cheaper than whole nuts anyway.
  • I've shopped around a bit for the best prices.  Buy sliced almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds at Trader Joe's.  I bought unsweetened coconut and sesame seeds in bulk section of Whole Foods.  I buy oats and honey at Costco. Maple syrup is expensive -- I know this.  However, it really makes a difference on the flavor.  Maple syrup from Costco is the cheapest I've found. 
  • I tried using aluminum foil.  The granola sticks to it worse and the foil rips when you try to get the granola off with a spatula.  Stick with a greased pan, no foil.
  • I love this granola for breakfast (esp. over shredded wheat), on plain yogurt, or plain as a little sweet snack.
  • My toddler loves this granola too.
  • This recipe can easily be adapted -- more nuts, less oats, no walnuts, more almonds, pecans instead of walnuts, less honey/maple syrup.  If you want to keep the relative sweetness about the same, keep your oat-to-sweetener ratio the same.  The oats absorb all the sweetener.  Coconut adds a little sweetness too.

What's in your granola?

 This post is part of Frugal Friday.


  1. Yum, I'm going to try this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I make our granola too. I use quick oats because that's what I had in the pantry at the time and it turns out just fine. I've used regular oats too and the results were the same - yummmy.

    My husband is a molasses fiend so I usually flavor my granola with molasses instead of honey and molasses or honey and syrup.

  3. Have you made this with coconut oil? I'm trying to incorporate it into recipes, but I don't always know if it "works" everywhere.

  4. Condo Blues,
    I am glad to know quick oats work too! I like molasses too (have a delicious whole grain pancake recipe that ONLY uses molasses as a sweetener), and may have to dry some in the next batch.

    Hmmm, I'm not sure I've ever noticed coconut oil in the store. Is it hard to find? I think it would probably work here b/c the flavor would work, and you are not using high heat, which is what usually causes problems with unsaturated oils.

  5. Agave syrup is a lot cheaper than maple--though it doesn't have a very distinctive taste. I have experimented with different granolas that use no sweeteners at all. As you can imagine, I wasn't too successful. I've basically given up on granola because of the sweetness issue.

  6. Rebecca, definitely a lot of sweetener in my recipe. But you are also right that granola is probably much better with at least SOME sweetener. My sister likes it less sweet -- I think you could halve the sweetener and still have it taste quite good. Or you could use all honey (or white sugar or brown sugar) to make it cheaper.

  7. Yum! This looks absolutely delicious! I'm always looking for good recipes to try.

    And thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know you are LDS, too. I love finding other blogs and moms that share my beliefs. :)

  8. This recipe is great Betsy. I like that there's no refined sugar and lots of seeds and nuts. I'll have to give it a try.


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