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Homemade Granola

January 14, 2011

The other day I walked into my friend’s home and was bombarded by the most delicious smell.  It was sweet, welcoming, and smelt like a home full of love…I can’t quite explain it.  I asked “what are you making in here?”  She responded, “it’s just some granola” and shared the recipe.

It is an adaptation from The Joy of Cooking and you can make it to suit your tastes.  But, believe me it is simple and the smell and taste is out of this world.


  • 6 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup wheat germ (optional)
  • 2 cups cashew or almond pieces (if using cashews, you can add them after baking)
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup flaxseed
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup bran (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (or sometimes I add cocoa)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Mix honey and oil with hot water and dissolve in small bowl.  Add vanilla. 
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix dry ingredients.  
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients. 
  4.  Spread on 2-3 cookie sheets and roast lightly in 350 degree oven for approx. 20 min.  Turn after 10-15min to prevent burning on sides of sheets. 
  5. It is done when lightly browned. 
  6. Sit on counter to cool. 
  7. Add dried cranberries/blueberries/apricots/dates/currants or whatever you have to work with.  
  8. Let cool, then store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

It is seriously simple but oh so delicious.  This granola is also a versatile ingredient and can be used for the following:

  1. In home-baked bread.
  2. Mixed in with your favorite cake.
  3. As cereal.
  4. On top of yogurt.

Okay, you get the hint…

8 Comments leave one →
  1. mrs. turns permalink
    January 14, 2011 10:16 pm

    it’s just some granola!!

    ps: KIMCHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!! i think the ginger content will rid me of this cold in no time!

    • January 15, 2011 7:50 am

      mrs. turns, You’re the best!! It’s just some granola but some darn good granola!! Thanks.

  2. Julie Tippetts permalink
    January 14, 2011 10:40 pm

    I make a granola very similar to this, but in an effort to reduce the fat, I replace the olive oil with a couple of egg whites, whipped to stiff peaks. Add the honey (warmed) to the egg whites while whipping. Pour over the dry mixture and bake. Still as yummy, just reduces a few fat calories. It is a tip taken from a Jane Fonda granola recipe of years ago …

  3. January 15, 2011 8:31 am

    I absolutely adore granola. There’s something so comforting and cozy about a granola. Plus, with it’s great shelf life, it makes a lovely housewarming or hostess gift. Thanks for sharing!

    I love your dishes by the way. Is one of you a potter?

  4. Dawn permalink
    January 15, 2011 9:29 am

    I think I’m going to make this tomorrow and with egg whites instead of the oil. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Dawn permalink
      January 16, 2011 3:18 pm

      Fresh out of the oven – smells awesome and the egg whites appear to have worked well. Thanks again!!

  5. January 16, 2011 11:18 pm

    My sister also makes her own granola adapted from the Joy of Cooking. It’s some great stuff – nothing like you get in a box.

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