Monday, January 24, 2011

Homemade Granola

Every once in a while I'll get a craving for some granola.  Crunchy, a little sweet and full of my favorite nuts and dried fruits.  But unfortunately most granolas in the store are full of sugar.  Drat that sugar!  So I decided to just make my own.  I mean how hard could it be?  Here's the recipe:

Homemade Granola
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, organic please!
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, go ahead throw in some other favorite nuts too, like chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or your favorite dried fruit or even a combo!
  1. Preheat oven to 350*  On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss oats, coconut and almonds.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil.  Remove from heat and stir in honey.
  3. Pour over oat mixture and toss.
  4. Bake, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, 20-30 minutes
  5. Place mixture in a large storage bowl and stir in cranberries.  Make sure to let the granola cool completely before storing. 

Fresh from the oven granola

My favorite way to eat this granola is just like a bowl of cereal with some fresh raw milk.  It also tastes divine sprinkled in yogurt or cottage cheese.  For a snack, cut an apple or banana in half and spread with peanut butter, then add granola on top for a fun treat.  Granola can also go with ice cream or frozen yogurt and is really good stirred into a fruit salad.

Storing the granola

It looks so pretty, I couldn't stop taking pics!

How do you eat granola?


  1. i'm totally into oatmeal right now, but was thinking, as spring and summer roll around, i'm gonna want granola. perfect! saving & printing now! :o)

  2. Awesome! I'm ready to make some more!

  3. I love granola as well but choose not to buy store bought because of all the "added" preservatives. I make my own as well and it's such a simple process! I usually make a doubel batch and put part in the freezer because we tend to eat it quickly. My two year old grandson LOVES it.

  4. So glad to hear you make your own too Renae. It is so crazy simple! Thanks for the freezer tip. When I make it is gone in just a couple days time, so I will also make a double batch and freeze it. Does it make the oats soggy? Do you warm it back up?