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Simple Homemade Granola

Simple Homemade Granola, a wonderful recipe to eat with milk, yogurt or cottage cheese.

I love my simple homemade granola for breakfast in summer. I top cottage cheese or yogurt with it and enjoy a light easy meal.

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What I love about making homemade granola is you can mix it up with the ingredients and get a whole new flavor.

jar and bowl of home made granola

With homemade granola you can swap out the dried cherries for dried blueberries, cranberries or tried and true raisins.

jar and bowl of home made granola

I used slivered almonds as the nuts in this version but you can use pecans, macadamia nuts, pistachios…you name it.   Or you can make it nut free!

Okay enough chatter here is the recipe….

Simple Homemade Granola

Basic granola recipe that can be modified in many different ways. Have fun adding your own unique flavors to this tried and true recipe.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups rolled oats (I like thick cut)
  • 1 1/2 cups slivered almonds (I toast mine)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seed toasted
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup dried cherries (I like the ones from Costco, they actually taste like cherries)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degree F. In a bowl mix the oats, almonds, brown sugar, salt, flax seed meal, toasted sesame seeds and cinnamon.
  2. In a saucepan warm the oil and honey. Whisk in vanilla.
  3. Carefully pour the liquid over the oat mixture. Stir gently with a wooden spoon, finish mixing by hand.
  4. Spread granola on a 15 x 10 inch baking pan (I use a large cookie sheet that has a lip)
  5. Bake 40 minutes, stirring carefully every 10 minutes.
  6. Transfer granola filled pan to a rack to cool completely. Stir in cherries.
  7. Seal granola in an airtight container, (I use a gallon size ziploc freezer bag)
  8. Store at room temp. for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.

I use this also as a base for some really great homemade granola bars.  I will be sure to share that recipe with you soon too.  They make a great on the go snack bar.

jar and bowl of home made granola

Bon Appetit

Do you have a special ingredient you enjoy in your granola?  I am always looking for ways to mix it up, please share with me in the comments below and I may give it a try.

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Janit Calvo

Thursday 5th of January 2017

Looks very yummy, Pamela! Love the toasted sesame seeds in there. I need to try this.

Pamela

Thursday 5th of January 2017

The toasted Sesame Seeds add a depth of flavor that I truly miss if I leave them out. There are so many ways to customize this recipe to suit your own taste that makes it even more fun.

Allie

Sunday 6th of November 2016

Hi Pamela, I made the granola yesterday. This is a good recipe, thanks. I added coated dates, goji berries, coconut & hemp seeds because I needed to use them in something before they went bad. I sometimes shop at Winco (and get a little carried away) in the bulk section (spices/nuts, etc.). Perhaps you have a Winco in your vicinity. Anyhow, again, thanks

Pamela

Sunday 6th of November 2016

Wow, sound wonderful. I have never tried hemp seeds before, I will have to try them.

Linda From Wisconsin

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

This looks fantastic. I am trying to equate it to Weight Watcher points. Do you have an idea what a serving size would be or the number of serving from the recipe? Thank you..

Pamela

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

For a half cup it is about 600 calories so I don't think it is something to eat a lot of. I use 1/4 cup on some plain yogurt sweetened with stevia for a treat and some fruit. Or I have it on cottage cheese and fruit. I hope this helps. :)

Sandra Gumm

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

Simple and Yummy. Will be trying this recipe soon.

Pamela

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

Fair warning, it is not light on calories. :D

Allie

Wednesday 2nd of November 2016

Hey there! Thanks for recipe. Haven't tried it, but I will soon.

Pamela

Thursday 3rd of November 2016

It is worth the effort. I hope you enjoy it!

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