Homemade Granola

My son and I spent a rainy afternoon making homemade granola together. I found this recipe at Kiss My Spatula and it looked simple, delicious and fairly healthy. I used walnuts, almonds, coconut and dried cranberries because that’s what we had on hand. It was crunchy, slightly sweet with a bit of tartness too. My kids ate this for breakfast with milk and they also had it as an afternoon snack with yogurt, both versions were a big hit. I will never buy granola again.

Homemade Granola:
Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe from Kiss My Spatula and Barefoot Contessa
  • 4 cups of oats
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup coconut, shredded
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of apple juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat.

In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the oil, honey, apple juice and vanilla.

Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until evenly coated. Spread granola onto the baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake, stirring every 10 minutes for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool completely. Add the cranberries and mix thoroughly.

Store cooled granola in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Enjoy.


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2 Responses to “Homemade Granola”

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    Carrie — October 28, 2009 @ 11:04 pm

    Could you answer a question for me? This is the second time I've made granola and the flavor is great, but I follow the directions for baking and it ends up so dark, some bits tasting almost burnt. Should I turn down my oven or cook for less time?

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — October 28, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

    Homemade granola is a staple in my house – I make a fresh batch every couple weeks and it is amazing – we put it on yogurt – frozen yogurt – cereal and nothing at all!!

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