advertise | privacy policy | terms & conditions
whole site search:
Already have an account? Sign In. New Here? Register.
Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

by Jocie Hagan (email Jocie) | | April 18, 2012 | 10 Comments »

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine gave me a recipe for granola bars that was SUPER yummy, plus it was more healthy and hearty than most store-bought granola bars. Recently, I decided to adapt the recipe to make granola for cereal and yogurt, and it has been a hit. I’m not usually a fan of almonds or coconut (in fact, I usually hate coconut), but both flavors are very light and add to the heartiness of the granola. Even my daughters, ages 1 and 3, LOVE it and eat it most mornings either plain, with cereal, or on yogurt. I love them eating it because it lots of whole grains and added protein with the almonds.

While this recipe is super yummy and makes a lot, it is more labor intensive than some other recipes. My friend, Carol over at Weeknight Dish has a recipe with less ingredients and less labor, leaving the granola in the oven overnight after cooking for 10 minutes. Next time I make my granola, I’m going to try this method but with my ingredients.

Here is my recipe, which I hope you will love as much as we do!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Old Fashioned Oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1 cup Coconut, lightly packed
  • 2/3 cup Toasted Wheat Germ
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together oats, almonds, and coconut onto a jelly roll pan (or some other large baking sheet with sides) and place in oven. Bake for 12 -15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from heat and reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

While the dry mixture is toasting in the oven, using a medium saucepan, heat the brown sugar, honey, butter, salt, and vanilla over medium/high heat. Bring to a low boil and cook for one additional minute once boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and place to the side.

Combine toasted dry ingredients and wheat germ in a large mixing bowl. Add wet mixture from saucepan and mix with large spoon until dry mixture is evenly coated.

Place granola mixture back onto jelly roll pan and place in oven. This is my favorite use for my Pampered Chef bar pan! Bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to allow mixture to cook evenly and prevent it from sticking to the pan.

30 minutes into baking, add any dried fruit desired. We really love craisins or dried cherries. And stir one final time.

Remove from heat when turning light brown in color, and allow to cool.

Store in an air-tight container.

What do you think? What do you like to put in your granola? Any granola tips?

As Always, thanks for reading!

Don’t forget to check out our weekly Link-up Parties every Friday, where you can submit your own DIY projects and crafts!

Where We Party
Sunday: Under the Table and Dreaming Homemaker on a Dime Monday: Craft-O-Maniac Setting for Four Skip to my Lou Southern Hospitality Alderberry Hill Tuesday: Mom 4 Real the diy dreamer Not Just a Housewife House on the Way Elizabeth & Co. Wednesday: We are that Family Savvy Southern Style Mom on Timeout DIY Showoff Thursday: Designed Decor House of Hepworths Bear Rabbit Bear Friday: Serenity Now Tatertots & Jello Shaken Together Design, Dining + Diapers Fox Hollow Cottage Create.Craft.Love. Saturday: Funky Junk Interiors Six Sisters' Stuff

Subscribe and never miss an article!

Free articles delivered conveniently to your inbox
(and no spam, we promise)

  • Enjoy this? Share it!

Conversation on This Article

10 Responses to Homemade Granola

  • RHome410 @ Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup responds...
    April 18th, 2012 12:00 pm

    My family loves homemade granola, too. Our recipe is just a little different, but close, and doesn’t call for toasting the ingredients first… I may give that a try. I would also like to know how yours makes into bars.

    [Reply]

    Jocie Reply:

    Hey guys! interesting that you have a similar recipe. Will you pass it along? I’d love to try it! The recipe for granola bars is:

    2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (not quick oats)
    1 cup Slivered Almonds
    1 cup Coconut, lightly packed
    1/2 cup Toasted Wheat Germ
    1/4 cup Brown Sugar
    2/3 cup Honey
    3 Tbsp Butter
    1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
    1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
    1 cup of Extras: chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.

    Place granola mixture into 9×13 pan. Wet fingertips with cool water and lightly press mixture evenly into the pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

    [Reply]

    JustME Reply:

    Thank you so much Jocie!

    [Reply]

  • Whitney @ The Rooster and The Hen responds...
    April 19th, 2012 12:06 am

    Seems like a great recipe! I love to put in flax seed and cranberries in mine – even the kids love it. I love that I know exactly what goes into the recipe when you make it yourself.

    Whitney -The Rooster and The Hen

    [Reply]

    Jocie Reply:

    Hey Whitney! I love cranberries too, but whenever I add flaxseed i feel like the flavor is overpowering. any tips? Thanks for coming by The Better Half!

    [Reply]

  • JustME responds...
    April 19th, 2012 2:12 pm

    That looks and sounds yummy! I love granola. I would love the recipe for the granola bars too. They’re my favorite on the go snack.

    [Reply]

  • Jocie responds...
    April 19th, 2012 2:54 pm

    We love the granola bars too. ethan REALLY like it when I melt chocolate over them too! Its a very similar recipe but with a few changes to the ingredient amounts.

    2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (not quick oats)
    1 cup Slivered Almonds
    1 cup Coconut, lightly packed
    1/2 cup Toasted Wheat Germ
    1/4 cup Brown Sugar
    2/3 cup Honey
    3 Tbsp Butter
    1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
    1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
    1 cup of Extras: chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.

    Follow the same directions until cooking, then place granola mixture into 9×13 pan. Wet fingertips with cool water and lightly press mixture evenly into the pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

    [Reply]

  • HANDYMAN51 responds...
    July 26th, 2012 12:30 pm

    I LOVE granola for cereal, and hope to try this when I get on a cooking binge!

    [Reply]

  • frazzled5 responds...
    August 15th, 2012 9:39 am

    This looks like a must have for the kiddos, now that school has started!

    [Reply]

  • mspaulis responds...
    November 9th, 2012 6:15 pm

    This is a great recipe. Very tasty!

    [Reply]





Comment Policy