Homemade Granola

By Cedar | January 20, 2011

Have you ever made granola??

I had been buying it pre-made until recently when my brother and sister-in-law gave me a huge jar of their own homemade mix. I wolfed it down. I love to sprinkle it over yogurt every morning with a bit of fruit–and after tasting the joys of homemade granola I decided to make my own as well. I found a lot of varying recipes online, and this is sort of a combination of many of them. It really couldn’t be simpler to make. I added dried Bing cherries which they sell at the local health food store. They are a bit pricey, but man are they worth it–their flavor is like nothing else! Anyhow, give this recipe a try, it is super simple, healthy, and darn tasty!

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 2/3 – 1 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sliced, slivered, or chopped almonds (or whatever nut you prefer)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I used a mix of dried Bing cherries and cranberries)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Preheat the oven to 300° F (150° C).
  2. In a large bowl stir together oats, wheat germ, flax seed, brown sugar, sunflower seeds, almonds, cinnamon and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together the oil, honey, vanilla and water. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and mix until evenly blended. Spread over a large greased baking sheet or pan.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring every 20 minutes, or until toasted. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

2 Responses to “Homemade Granola”

  1. Jeanette Says:
    January 20th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    yum yum!, if I leave now I may make it to your house for breakfast (on Saturday!) I’ve made granola before, but it’s been so long!


  2. Jackie Says:
    January 22nd, 2011 at 11:59 am

    You’ve reminded me of the homemade granola I had at my parents house. It was really good. They gave me the recipe … now where did I put that? …