Our All-time Favorite Granola

I’ve been making this granola for decades. The original recipe came from an old Make-A-Mix cookbook I got from my mom when I got married. I’ve tweaked it more than a few times since then, and that’s one of my favorite things about this recipe. It’s very adaptable to your taste and the season. In November I usually add pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon. In September, I’ll add apple pie spice. In the summer, I keep it pretty bare so we can add our favorite ripe fruit and a big spoonful of Greek yogurt. So good!

Once my husband and I became empty-nesters I tried halving the recipe a few times. I was met with deep disappointment from my favorite guy! I quickly realized if I wanted to keep him happy, I needed to just keep the granola in stock. Always.

Do you have a favorite granola yet? I’d love it if you’d give my recipe a try and let me know what you think. How do you adjust it for your family’s tastes?

Favorite Granola

Delicious granola with lots of room for personalization. Wonderful with yogurt parfaits, or with a little fruit and milk.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 10 C. old-fashioned oats see notes
  • 1 C. sunflower seeds
  • 1 C. pepitas
  • 1/2 C. sesame seeds
  • 1/2 C. wheat germ
  • 1/2 C. flaxseed meal and/or chia seeds
  • 1/2 lb. shredded coconut sweetened or unsweetened, to taste
  • 1 C. sliced almonds
  • 2 C. walnut pieces
  • 1 C. brown sugar
  • 1 C. water
  • 1/3 C. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 C. honey
  • 1/2 C. molasses
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon see notes
  • 3 tsp. vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or foil.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, water, oil, honey, molasses, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Heat on medium low until sugar is dissolved, but don’t allow to boil.
  • Meanwhile, in a very large bowl, combine oats, seeds, wheat germ, flax seed meal, coconut, and nuts. Blend well.
  • Pour prepared syrup over dry ingredients and stir until well-coated.
  • Spread onto prepared sheet pans.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, stirring after fifteen minutes.

Notes

  • Try using a 5-Grain Cereal Mix (such as from WinCo’s bulk area) in place of the oats.
  • May use Apple Pie Spice or other favorite spices in place of, or in addition to, cinnamon.
  • Keeps up to six months in an airtight container.
Keyword breakfast, granola, nuts, oats, snacks

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