Thursday, September 29, 2011

Homemade Granola

Every weekday morning I eat yogurt with almonds sprinkled on top. But after almost 2 years (yes, years), I decided to switch it up a little bit. Instead of going to the store and getting granola, I embarked on an online recipe search to see what making my own granola would entail.

Turns out almost all granola recipes are pretty much the same. Take some rolled oats, and your favorite seeds, nuts, things like that and then some honey and brown sugar. It's so easy to make (2 steps!) and you avoid the struggle of trying to find one at the store that has all of your favorite things (i.e. sunflower seeds) and none of the things you don't particularly care for (i.e. dried cherries). The recipe below is based off of
this recipe from The Kitchen Sink, it's super simple and makes your house smell heavenly!

Homemade Granola
adapted from The Kitchen Sink
3 1/2 cups rolled oats

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon real maple syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet.

2. Bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the granola from burning. Cool completely and then remove from the pan. Store in an airtight container.


  1. I'm really going to have to give this a go instead of overpaying for granola at Trader Joe's.

  2. @Dan: absolutely! though I love Trader Joe's "Just Clusters" cereal ... but it feels wrong somehow to have a cereal with just the good stuff :o)