Homemade Granola

Homemade granola packed with crunchy oats, slivered almonds, cashews, coconut, cinnamon and a medley of dried fruit that is sure to keep you going throughout your day. My family loves to eat granola bars and breakfast bars for a quick and easy breakfast option. This granola is perfect sprinkled over yogurt, eaten by the handful, or even with a splash of milk.

My husband and I do a lot of hiking and camping during the warm summer months and we always have some granola stuffed into our back packs. This granola is perfect when hunger strikes, the sweet and salty combination is always satisfying! I sometimes like to add some M&M’s into the mix as well. :)

Homemade Granola

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons 100% maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, nuts, coconut, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine maple syrup, oil, vanilla extract, and salt. Pour maple syrup mixture over oat mixture and stir well to combine. Spread onto 2 sheet pans. Cook for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer into a large bowl. Add dried fruit and mix until combined.

Source: adapted from Alton Brown

28 Responses to “Homemade Granola”

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    Alicia at Aligirl Cooks — March 22, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    Your granola looks delicious! This is one of my favorite things to have on hand for snacks and breakfast!

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    Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie — March 22, 2011 @ 8:53 am

    Oh, that looks super yummy! I don’t have anything for breakfast today…wish I had the necessary ingredients to whip this up on the fly. :-p Maybe I’ll tackle pancakes. Hee hee.

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    geet — March 22, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Looks super yummy. This is on my next to do list.

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    Anita Menon — March 22, 2011 @ 10:03 am

    Lovely granola. My fav with yogurt and berries.

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    Jenny — March 22, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    This looks so crunchy! Granola is always amazing :)

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    simplynutritiouskate — March 22, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I love cashews in my granola and clumps are a must this looks delish!

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    Laura — March 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    I love granola. Something about the salty nuts & sweet fruits with the oats just gets me every time. Yum!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — March 22, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    my kind of snacking here…!!!!

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    Ellie — March 22, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

    mmmmm looks yummy!

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    Chrissy — March 22, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    Ohh your granola looks lovely! I had planned on making granola to give out for Christmas gifts last year and never got around to it, so I think I will try this recipe next year!

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    briarrose — March 22, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    A little bit of everything in this granola…it looks so very yummy.

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    This Italian Family — March 22, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Oooh that looks so yummy!

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    muppy — March 22, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    haha – m&m’s!!!!
    This looks yummy, i made my own for the first time the other day and was amazed at the results – why we spend so much money on muesli i don’t know :)

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    happywhennothungry — March 22, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    I love making homemade granola! Love that you added cashews and dried cherries to yours. Will def have to add those to mine next time. Yum!

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    Cara — March 23, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    This looks great! I always make my own trail mix with similar ingredients, the oats and baking would be a nice touch and change!

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    Lin Ann — March 23, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    We love to hike too! We go up to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the summer and love to bring along granola. Adding oatmeal and baking it sounds delicious, will have to try it. Love the addition of maple syrup in the recipe!

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    katshealthcorner — March 23, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    Homemade Granola is the BEST!!! :D But yours is the best yet! :D

    xoxox
    Kathleen

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking — March 24, 2011 @ 3:21 am

    wow , this looks so yummy and healthy. i’ve never tackled making homemade granola, but this looks amazing. It would go so well with some oatmeal. I’m in oatmeal mode these days. :-)

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    Sara — March 25, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m going to start making my own granola, and I’m always looking for different variations. I can imagine this is great with some cold milk or yogurt mixed in.

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    KItchenGeisha — April 2, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    I’m making a variant of this today, I’ll post it on my blog and link back to you here. I don’t have all the nuts or dried fruit, nor the maple syrup, but I’m sure I can manage to make something that doesn’t kill anyone. :D

    Yours look delicious!!

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    Trader Joes Recipes — March 14, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Granola is one of my favorite snack and breakfast foods in the world. Love this version.

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    Kat C — July 14, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    I made this granola the other day Christina and I love it. Just so much better than store bought. I did change out using the maple syrup, instead using 1/4 c agave nectar and 2 T. maple syrup. I only wish the granola was more clumpy, easier to eat by the handful. Do you think it’s because I switched to agave nectar? Or do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks and yum…. Kat

    • Christina replied: — July 17th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

      Kat,
      I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the granola. This granola is more like a granola cereal in that it does not stick together in large chunks. I don’t think that using the agave nectar would make a huge difference with the clumping. If you want to try more of a granola bar, here is my favorite recipe! :)

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