Homemade Granola

by Suzanne on April 3, 2012

in Breakfast

Granola for snacking

I’m so excited I made this awesome granola, that tastes even better than the store bought stuff. Crunchy, sweet and heart healthy granola for snacking all by itself or eating as a bowl of cereal.  Do you buy lots of granola? We do, and it can be really expensive and we (my husband) eats tons of granola each year. I’ve tried making my own granola a few years ago but it was a big disappointment :(, but I didn’t give up until I found a GREAT recipe, then made it my own. I adapted my recipe from Rebecca Rather and her cookbook The Pastry Queen.

Homemade granola

Homemade Granola

Ingredients:
8 cups rolled oats
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup of flax meal {optional}
1 cup sliced almonds or whole raw almonds chopped or your favorite nut.
3/4 cup coconut oil or safflower oil or canola
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. vanilla
{Optional} 1 cup of dried fruit of your choice such as raisins, blueberries, cranberries, or banana chips.

Directions:
Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Measure the oats, coconut, nuts, flax meal and put in a large mixing bowl and stir well.
Step 2: In medium saucepan heat the coconut oil, brown sugar, honey and salt  on medium stirring until the sugar dissolves. Then add the vanilla and stir well.
Step 3: Pour the sugar mixture over the oats and stir well until combined.
Step 4: Spray 2 12 X 17 inch pans with cooking spray then half the oat mixture between the two pans. Spread the oats out evenly. Bake for about 20 min. stirring at least twice while the granola bakes, it should be a golden brown color. Cool completely, then add the dried fruit if using and store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Granola in pan

Warning: This granola is highly addictive, so proceed with caution :), but please proceed you won’t regret it.

Homade Granola out of Jar

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1 Marsha @ The Harried Cook April 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I just love homemade granola, and usually have a stock of it at home… Would love to try your recipe next time! And I just find the addition of banana chips so interesting! Thanks for sharing 🙂

2 Suzanne April 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Thanks Marsha, it’s pretty good hope you give it a go!

3 Choc Chip Uru April 4, 2012 at 4:34 am

This granola looks both delicious and healthy 😀
Great photos!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

4 Amy (Savory Moments) April 4, 2012 at 5:37 am

Looks delicious – I love homemade granola. It’s so yummy and versatile.

5 The Café Sucré Farine April 4, 2012 at 6:02 am

Looks wonderful Suzanne, I love the banana chips, great idea! Beautiful pictures too – they make me want to grab a handful!

6 Melissa @ Treats With a Twist April 4, 2012 at 9:04 am

I love homemade granola! Your’s looks so beautiful. I make granola at home all the time and have always been tempted to put in banana chips, and now I feel like I’ll definitely have to do that.
Here’s the last few (fat free) granolas I’ve made:
Cinnamon Raisin: http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2012/02/super-healthy-cinnamon-raisin-granola.html
Rich Chocolate: http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2012/01/rich-chocolate-healthy-granola.html
Pumpkin Delight: http://www.treatswithatwist.com/2012/03/pumpkin-delight-granola.html
Have a great afternoon!

7 Sandra's Easy Cooking April 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

I love homemade granola, and they are so much healthier that store bought!!! Beautiful photos!

8 Kiri W. April 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

Mmm, those banana slices have me sold 🙂 Looks delicious!

9 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

I have never made my own granola, but this looks great! I am going to have to break down and try it some time soon!

10 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings April 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

have not tried making my own granola yet…but that should be granola, right?? sorry, i have a cheesy sense of humour!

11 Liren April 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm

We go through a LOT of granola at our house, so I can’t believe I haven’t made my own yet. This is a must try.

12 Sammie April 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Hi Suzanne!! That’s a really awesome idea! When I saw those banana chips and read that you had coconut in there, my mouth started to water. Banana and coconut makes an awfully great combination!

13 Reeni April 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Your granola looks fantastic Suzanne! I’m glad you finally found a good recipe. I am loving those banana chips – enticing!

14 Jennifer (Delicieux) April 11, 2012 at 4:14 am

Your granola looks amazing Suzanne. I’m not much of a breakfast cereal person, but I could definitely go a bowl of this.

15 Lisa April 11, 2012 at 5:58 am

I used to eat pounds of granola in college. We’d fill bags full in the dining hall and live on it until the next meal. Of course that granola never looked as good as yours. Love the banana chips in it. That said, thanks so much for your sweet thoughts regarding my Father xo

16 Stephanie August 12, 2015 at 10:42 pm

I am looking for awesome ways to make my family meals healthier. This looks good I can’t wait to try it.

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